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

tour highlights

  • Exploring ethnic Karen villages
  • Short hiking to the community village, where women wear traditional brass rings
  • Experience the local life and interact with the villagers
  • Impressive limestone caves and cliffs
  • Travel by flight from Yangon to Loikaw and this tour is possible to combine with boat tour to Inle Lake

tour details

This tour include drive down into the Kayah State to visit the Kayan tribes (Padaungs) – where elder women still wear the brass rings around their neck – a tradition no longer followed by the younger generation. A short trek to the community village experience the local’s daily life. Enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people.

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 and accommodation at Kayah Resort (Deluxe Front View) 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, 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. En 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 Kayah Resort (Deluxe Front View) or similar, Loikaw
PSpend the day with fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. Activites 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 and accommodation at Kayah Resort (Deluxe Front View) 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 Hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • 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

excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • 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)
Tour code: RGNDY4EXL
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