4-Day Exploring Loikaw and its Long-neck Tribes

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

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

tour highlights

  • Exploring ethnic Karen villages and meet the long neck women
  • Hiking to the community village where women wear traditional brass rings
  • Experience the local life and interact with the villagers
  • Observe the local weaving workshops
  • Visit impressive limestone caves and cliffs

tour details

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State, one of the least visited but more picturesque places we’ve found in Burma (Myanmar). This tour includes drive down into the Kayah State to visit the Padaungs – where elder women still wear the brass rings around their neck – a tradition no longer followed by the younger generation.

Why choose this tour?

  • Exploring the unseen rural villages in Loikaw
  • Experience of trekking to the Kayan villages to learn their unique cultures and traditions
  • Meeting with the famous long-neck women in Kayah State
  • Observing spiritual belief and impressive cottage industries of locals
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, enjoy your time exploring Loikaw and the surrounding area. This quiet city has a charming morning market which should not be missed. Another attraction is the Kayah State Cultural Museum which displays bronze drums used in wedding and funeral occasions, traditional dress, silverware and musical instruments of the Kayah people. In the centre of town there is an impressive rock on which stands the Thirimingala Pagoda (Taung Kwe Zedi). The climb up (over various steep steps) is worthwhile, for a great view over the city and the nearby hills. Dinner at hotel.
Accommodation at Loikaw Lodge (Superior Room) or similar, Loikaw
In the morning, drive about 45 minutes towards the 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, you will head off on a Short Trek, of 1.5 to 2 hours, led by local community tour guides. Along the way, your local guides will present special cultural and natural sites, which are important to local people and their way of life. A highlight of the trek is a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the surrounding, mountains. Enjoy pack lunch or a special Jungle picnic.
Following the short trek, guests can visit Salong Kana hamlet, to meet a local Kayan artisan, and enjoy a hands-on demonstration about how to make traditional, Kayan bracelets. Guests can also have a go at making a bracelet.
Finally, the trip ends in Rang Ku hamlet, where guests can visit small shops, run by 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 at local restaurant.
Accommodation at Loikaw Lodge (Superior Room) or similar, Loikaw
Spend the day with fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. Activaties begin with a quick welcome at the Hta Nee La Leh community center. You are welcomed by members of Hta Nee La Leh's community tourism club which has been organized by International Trade Center, Kayah which you are given a friendly introduction to the community, and important cultural do's and don'ts. Visit the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. In addition, enjoy an Ox Cart ride, via the Lotus Pond to the scenic 7 Lakes. Here, you can enjoy a delicious Kayah Barbecue with cultural exchange.
In the afternoon, 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. Dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodation at Loikaw Lodge (Superior Room) or similar, Loikaw
This morning you can visit one of Loikaw's weaving centres, where beautiful Kayah longyi patterns are made. Another visit to a local family who make the state's signature dish "Kayah Sausage". Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon.

customise the tour

  • Combine with Inle Lake excursions or proceed to Inle Sanctuary Phayartaung for a luxury escape on the lake
  • Purchase souvenirs at the local workshops
  • Try wearing brass rings on your neck to pose like a Kayan lady
  • Unlimited photo opportunities throughout your 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-Yangon)
  • Myanmar visa 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: PKLIELTB

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