3-Day Experience cultural in Loikaw

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

English, Spanish, Russian, German, French    Yangon, Loikaw, Nyaung Shwe

tour highlights

  • Meet the 'giraffe women' or 'long-necked women'
  • Observe the traditional accessories being worn in their necks and ankles
  • Short hiking to the tribal village
  • Enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with local people
  • Visit the lost ruins of Kakku Pagoda complex on the way from Loikaw to Inle Lake

tour details

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State, one of the least visited but we found more picturesque places with hill tribes. Visit the Padaungs village – where elder women still wear the brass rings around their neck – a tradition no longer followed by the younger generation.

Why choose this tour?

  • Discovery of hidden tribal groups in Loikaw and their unique cultures
  • Challenging trekking opportunity through lush, shady forests
  • Exploring Kayan villages to meet the smiling long-necked women
  • Lost ruins of Kakku, a pagoda encircled by dozens of small stupas, in Pa-O region
In the morning you are picked up at hotel, transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Loikaw. Upon arrival, transfer from Loikaw airport to your hotel (Room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours). Lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon, Spend the day with fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. You are welcomed by members of Hta Nee La Leh's community tourism club which has been organized by International Trade Center, Kayah. Visit by an Ox Cart ride the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. Later, you will visit two homes. First, you visit a local musician's house, listen to traditional Instruments and try your hand playing them. Then, you visit another house to learn about traditional Kayah dress.
In the evening before the sunset time, visit to the Thirimingala Pagoda (Taung Kwe Zedi) which is in the centre of town there is an impressive rock on which stands. The climb up (over various steep steps) is worthwhile, for a great view over the city and the nearby hills.
Dinner and accommodation at Loikaw Lodge (Superior Room) or similar, Loikaw
In the morning, drive about 45 minutes towards the Kayan (Padaung) villages of Pan Pet. Padaung women, sometimes known as 'giraffe women' or 'long-necked women', traditionally wear a great many brass rings around their necks and ankles, starting from the age of six or seven, and added each year. The original purpose was to repel prospective kidnappers. Today only elderly women still wear these rings, as the younger generation no longer follows the tradition.
On arrival, you are welcomed in a local home where you will enjoy a hot drink and a simple, local snack. After this, travel to Pemsong hamlet and enjoy a moderately challenging trek, through lush, shady, forest. After a short climb (30-40 minutes), enjoy over 3 hours of continual, great views. On route, local guides will show guests various edible plants and herbal medicines which are used by community members in their 'jungle larder.' A highlight of the trip is arriving at the original settlement of Pan Pet, perched on a mountain top, where evidence of past habitation is visible. This is considered one of the first Kayan settlements of Kayah state. Also enjoy a pack lunch or jungle picnic. The trek ends in Rang Ku hamlet, where you can meet the famous Kayan people (popularly known as Long Neck Karen), who are a symbol of Kayah state. Enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people. There are opportunities to buy local handicrafts.
Dinner and accommodation at Loikaw Lodge (Superior Room) or similar, Loikaw
Pick-up from your hotel, approximately 3 hours drive toward Shan State, Taunggyi to visit the countryside inhabited by the Pa-O people lie the 'lost' ruins of Kakku, a pagoda encircled by dozens of small stupas. Little is known about the origins of this unusual place - the Pa-O believe that the original pagoda dates back some 2,000 years. Wander through the stupas which are decorated with fine stucco work and Buddha images - some in good repair, others not. Visit a Pa-O village and a large monastery on the way to Taunggyi. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue from here to Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake and drop off at your hotel.

customise the tour

  • Combine with Inle Lake excursions
  • Shop some souvenirs at local workshops in Loikaw
  • Unlimited photos opportunity throughout the trip


  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking throughout guide
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Domestic airfare (Yangon-Loikaw)
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Inle Lake Zone Fee
  • Surcharges for Language Speaking throughout guides (Other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.
Tour code: PKLIECLB

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