Kayah State is Charming with Loikaw, Kyet Cave, Panpet, Long Neck Ladies and 7 Lakes - 4 Days

Kayah State is situated in eastern Myanmar. It is bounded on the north by Shan State on the east by Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province and on the south and west by Kayin State. Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State.  As with many other states in Myanmar, Kayah have has its own fair share of ethnic minority populations and inhabited primarily by the Karenni ethnic group, also known as Red Karen, Kayin (Karen), Kayan, Kayaw, Yinbaw and some others.

Our package tour 'Kayah State is charming' includes Loikaw city tour, markets, Kyet Cave, scenic drive to Sin-phyu-taung, cave visit, meet famous longneck ladies, panpet and hta nee lah leh villages, 7 lakes, its unique foods, easy bike trip and boating over Balu Creek.

How to get here?

Visitors to Kayah State can fly directly from Yangon to Loikaw Airport. Domestic flights operate almost every day between Yangon and Kayah State. Easy to extend by land transports from Kalaw, Inle Lake and Pinlaung in Shan State, and possible to go Inle Lake – Samkar Lake – Pekon to Loikaw by boat and car.

Price per person in USD sharing a twin / double room:

1 Pax: 830
2 Pax: 460
3-4 Pax: 400
5-7 Pax: 350

 

For inquiry or booking, email to greenseasontravel@gmail.com 

 

Day 1
YANGON – KAYAH STATE – LOIKAW VISIT INCLUDE FAMOUS KYET CAVE (L)

Upon arrival, our private car and local guide will meet you at the airport, and give you a briefing about our 4 days visit to charming Kayah State.

Start with town visit and go to Naung Yah Lake. It’s very popular spot for local people to enjoy a stroll in the morning and evening, or a picnic with family and friends. In the evening, local people enjoy eating on the lakeside, where there are several tasty, local restaurants. Continue Visit to Haw Nan Monastery, known as Kandarawwady (Haw Nan is one of the most ancient buildings in Kayah. It was built during the First World War (1912-1916) by the Chief Saw Bwar of Kayah. Three stairs lead up to the monastery. Old photos and furniture from Saw Bwa’s family will take visitors 100 years into the past. In 1994, relatives of the last chief donated the building as a monastery). We’ll visit to Taung Kwe Pagoda (Broken Mountain; the most famous religious landmark of Loikaw, Taung Kwe means broken mountain. The pagoda was built on the hillock called Thirimingalar. The pagoda is 380 ft high and it was built on 9 natural hillocks. It is called ‘Phaw Pye’ in Kayah language. You can enjoy great views of the marvelous landscape of Loikaw from the top).

Lunch is served at Keinnayar Nandaw Sausage and Wine. This is a popular, local restaurant, well known for serving some of the best Kayah Sausage in Loikaw. Recommended local dishes are Kayah sausage, Dried beef (jerky), Steamed pork wrapped in leaves. After lunch we’ll go to Kyet Cave which is located 12 miles far to the east of Loikaw, 2990 metres above sea level. It is an impressive natural cave, made of Limestone and Dolomite. Ancient, wooden coffins can be seen inside the cave. These coffins are from 2 to 15 feet long. According to local legends, these coffins used to contain skeletons, however these can no longer be seen in the cave). If we still have time, we can go Thirimingalar Market which is open every day from 6 AM to 5 PM except full moon days. The market has a good variety of items local foods, vegetables, fruits and household goods and clothing which make special mementos of a visit to Kayah.

End of the day transfer to the hotel. For dinner we’d suggest to go Amazing Bar & Restaurant (own account).

Overnight at Loikaw Lodge, Deluxe https://www.loikawlodge.com/

Day 2
VISIT DEMOSO MARKET – PANPET AND HTA NEE LAH LEH VILLAGES – FULL DAY (B, L, D)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Start our day at Demoso Market which is located to the South of Loikaw. It takes 30 minutes to travel by car from Loikaw. The market is open 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) in the morning. The best time to visit is 06.00 to 10.00. The market is famous for traditional millet/rice wine. The vendors are from the local area, allowing visitors to taste a large variety of local dishes. For example, Kayah sausage, meat balls suing a special recipe and unique Kayah pepper. Visit Ngwe Daung Dam built in 1962 and it is the main dam for irrigation in the Demawsoe area. It is a beautiful spot to take pictures, against the background of the Golden, Silver and ruby mountains

Panpet Village where you will meet the famous Kayan people (also 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. It is also possible to eat the Kayah barbecue in a local home. Afterward, we’ll go to Htee-pwint-kan or Umbrella pond. It is situated in Demosoe Township in the heart of the paddy fields. It is a small pond, around a hundred feet in circumference. The pond is famous because its’ mud bed bubbles up in the shape of an umbrella.

Hta Nee Lah Leh Village – half day tour in the afternoon

Lunch is served at the village Chairman’s home in Hta Nee Lah Leh village. Eating home cooked meal with simple local foods. Walking to Kayah’s houses to learn bamboo made Kayah’s musical instruments and listen music. Hunting bow and a gun we can see there as well. Hunting tree is a bit outside of the village, we can learn the interesting hunting story of Kayah people. Later, bullock cart ride will bring us to 7 lakes; a nice spot for the fresh air and enjoy great mountain sceneries. Early dinner is served with Kayah traditional foods beside the 7 lakes. End of the day transfer back to hotel.

Overnight at Loikaw Lodge, Deluxe https://www.loikawlodge.com/

Day 3
DRIVE TO HTEE-HPRU-NU AND SIN-PHYU-TAUNG – BIKE AND BOAT TRIP OVER BALU CREEK (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Htee Hpru Nu Cave walk and Sin Phyu Taung camping tour – half day in the morning

After breakfast, a private car to Htee Hpru Nu Cave which is on our way to Sin Pyu Taung visit. On the way passing Demawso, Ngwe Taung Dam and Hpruso township and villages hidden in the bamboo forest. The way down to the cave is a bit steep. Little water fall is flowing in to the cave and later the cave give birth the river which flows far till to the village we can see the cave water comes up. Interesting.

Continue drive to Sin Phyu Mountain, tt takes 1, 5 hours from Loikaw to reach and include uphill adventure drive over the several mountains. Sin Phyu Taun is estimated about 5000 feets above the sea level and the view from the hill top is amazing! Pleasant weather, beautiful mountain ranges and terrains, green sceneries and windy all the time, truly we’re in the great nature. A picnic lunch is served around lunch time. Enjoy and have sweet memories in the little Switzerland (this place is also known as little Switzerland 😊).

Biking through Loikaw and boat trip over Balu Creek – half day in the afternoon

Our active day trip around Loikaw is truly exciting. Be prepared for it and biking tour is the best way to see details of the town, hidden streets, housing, and countryside. Our biking guide and ‘Trek’ bikes are stand-by in front of the Amazing Box hostel. Hop on the bikes and start our active journey along the creek and quiet streets of Loikaw. On the way, passing shady trees, living quarters, Hmine Pyar village, gardens and the beautiful sceneries of the Shan Mountain Ranges. We’ll try about an hour by bike and end at the Balu Creek where our boat is waiting.

Local guide will organize a boat and equipment be ready at the spot where we’ll start our river journey. Both sides of the creeks have gardens, village houses and seasonal crop plantations. Balu Creek flows very quietly and we can easily float along the downstream journey. Paddle the boat where you’d like to stop for photo or to get some fruit near the creek and as well as watch fishing and people washing the clothes. Truly relaxing moment and it’s best to do in the early morning before 9 am or in the late afternoon (at 4-5pm), the temperature will be perfect. Snacks and drink will be served during the cruise. Our trip ends at in front of Amazing Box hostel.

Dinner we’d suggest to go Red Dynasty (own account)

Overnight at Loikaw Lodge, Deluxe https://www.loikawlodge.com/

Day 4
LOIKAW – WHERE IS NEXT? (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

We can discuss for the next destination – going back to Yangon by air or continue to Inle Lake via Samkar Lake visit?

KAYAH STATE IS CHARMING

  • All transfers and transport as per the program
  • All accommodation as per the program (based on double / twin sharing room)
  • Service English speaking stationed guide
  • Local guides
  • Communities involvements in Pampet and Hta Nee Lah Leh villages
  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees on tour
  • Boat rental
  • Bike rental
  • Camping tour with lunch box

KAYAH STATE IS CHARMING

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any peak season surcharge (normally New Year period)
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization