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Community based ethnical Tour in Kayah State offers you the fascinating, fun insights into local life and make you to discover the unknown ethnic of Kayan, Kayah and Kayaw and their unique cultures.

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Kayah Homeland of Long Neck Lady
  • Discover unique ritual and living cultures
  • Enthusiastic, warm and welcoming people
  • Tasting the traditional food and homemade rice wine
  • Listen the belief and story told by village guide
  • Shooting a catapult
  • Interact with diverse ethnic groups
  • Learn how to make the crafts
  • Support local benefit
  • Enjoy stunning landscape and terraced rice fields

Itinerary

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Kayah Homeland of Long Neck Lady [ 8 Days/ 7 Nights ]
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Day 1 : Inle – Sagar – Phekhone – Loikaw

After breakfast, boat trip to Sagar village (-3 hr) for ruins of Pa-O ancient pagoda complex. Along the way, you can enjoy the scenic view of the Inle Lake surrounded by hazy Blue Mountains, floating villages and gardens. And stop to visit a pottery making village and photo stop at picturesque religious site of Tharkhaung.
Simple lunch will be at a local restaurant of the village.

After lunch, visit to the Sagar village and ruins of ancient pagodas complex some in water and some on land. Most of the stupas and religious statues were said to be built from 16 to 18 century.

Then, continue boat ride to Phekhone Town where a car is waiting you to drive to Loikaw City. (-1 hr).

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah state in eastern Myanmar and situated in hilly scenery and among the several unique tribal cultures at an altitude of 884 m. Loikaw and its surroundings offer numerous opportunities to experience one of most breath-taking landscape of Myanmar and discover the multi-ethnic cultures in hilly region.

Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 2 : Loikaw – Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah ethnic Village

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Kayah Village (1 hr). Upon arrival, welcome at Community Centre and community guide will bring you to the site of Kayhtobo (totem poles) which is major feature of animist practise, Hunting Shrine, to learn about tradition of ritual hunting, sacred and scenic site of Lotus Pond and water totem, where the villagers honour the water source and the scenic 7 lakes.

Kayah traditional barbecue lunch at a village home. (Optional)

After that, continue visit to the home of local artisan who made the distinctive Kayah lacquer leg rings and musician’s home to listen the traditional songs and try to play the bamboo guitar. Moreover, can test your skills with traditional Kayah catapult.

Or late lunch at a restaurant on the way back to Loikaw.

Drive back to Loikaw and enjoy sunset at Taung-Gwe Hill (broken Hill).

Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 3 : Loikaw – Pan Pet, Kayan ethnic Villages

Breakfast at the hotel, then drive to Pan Pet which is a group of 5 Kayan villages (-1h), and a homeland of long neck women who wear the brass ring that encircle their neck. Kayan people are a sub group of red- Karen, Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar. The Kayahs are a mix of animists, Christian and Bouddhists.

Kayan women, almost always wear 16 to 22 rings round their necks. In addition they wore 12 to 22 similar rings round the legs. The rings that encircle the necks of the Kayan ladies are not separate rings placed one on top of the other. At a village, you can observe a person specially skilled and trained for the job takes a long flexible rod of brass weighing about 25 ticals, and with great care, so as not to hurt the neck, winds it round and round to form a spiral of rings.

Firsly, arrive to Salong Kana Village and greet and meet by village guide. Then bring you to visit the local craftsmen and women making traditional Kayan arts, crafts and hand-woven cotton cloths at home.

You can also spend time with these artisans, and try your hand at making native crafts.

Kayan traditional lunch cooked in bamboo and homemade rice wine will be served at a home.

After that, continue visit to Rang Ku hamlet where many Kayan ladies have established small shops, selling arts and crafts. There you can enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people. Moreover, you will have an opportunities to buy local handicrafts and to enhance the potential small enterprises.

Return back to Loikaw in the afternoon.

Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 4 : Loikaw – Htay Kho, Kayaw hill tribe Villages

After breakfast, take the scenic route to Htay Kho village (-3 hr), situated in Hpruso township. The people in Htay Kho village are Kayaw ethnic minority and total population is 16,600 (1983 census) in entire region. Majority of Kayaw people are Christian. Kayaw women are wearing silver or metal neck rings and have big ear hole with colourful earring. Kayaw men have good hunting skill while women are good at terrace farming and weaving.

Upon arrival, welcomed by a representative of village community based tourism club. Firstly, village guide will introduce you to the Church, which is spiritual heart of the community. Next to the church, there is small cottage museum which was established spontaneously by the people of Htay Kho to preserve and showcase the traditional musical instruments, hunting equipment, household objects made of bamboo and wood.

Traditional Kayaw lunch prepared by the community members will be served at a home and you can also try the home-made rice wine.

After that, the guide will accompany you to meet with village artisans and learn about their arts, craft and daily life. Kayan women are skill weavers, who make stunning and colourful cotton costumes. Then you can also enjoy hand-on crafts workshop and local artisan will teach you how to make special intricately woven braid, which is a traditional gift to a sweetheart as a sing of love and affection.

In the afternoon, drive back to Loikaw.

Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 5 : Loikaw – Dawtama Gyi, Kayah hill tribe Village

After breakfast, take the road for 2hrs to the Kayah hill tribe village “Dawtamagyi” where some women still wearing traditional costumes and hundreds of cotton lacquer strings around the knees. This costume will remind you of their ancestor, mythical bird.

Upon arrival to the village, a quick welcome at Dawtama Gyi community center and village guide will explain you the tour itinerary and important taboos.

First, village guide bring you to visit the shrine “Tagun Dai” dedicated to the god and “Kaehtabo” (Totem poles) which tower into the sky. These sites are very important for Kayah people to hold the ritual events.

Next, local guide will lead you to the “Pokee” shrine, where the community gathers every year to honor the role of women.

Kayah traditional lunch will be served at a home of community members.

After lunch, visit to a traditional home built of wood and thatch and meet with fun-loving Kayah people, taste millet wine, try your hand to play bamboo guitar, observe their unique culture, way of life, arts and crafts.

Then, guide will lead you on the outskirts of village to show the unique tradition about this village is that the villagers store their rice in separate barn outside the village. Here, the villagers’ rice is kept safe from fire and other dangers by the protection of guardian spirits.

If the time permit, visit to the shaman (spirit medium) of the village and listen the history of the village and belief and story of people.

After that, return to Loikaw and visit the religious hill “Taung Gwe” for sunset. To end the day, attend a prayer of less Buddhists of the nearby monastery “Pobbayon” admiring the aluminized hill at dusk.

Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 6 : Loikaw – Phaya Phyu village by boat, walk to Nan Me San – Loikaw by car

Breakfast at hotel, start the tranquility bot ride along Bilu creek to Phaya Phyu, Shan ethnic village, to enjoy the scenic beauty and sound of nature. Here, you will visit to a monastery to observe the traditional culture and walking around the village to discover the daily life style.

Then start walking to a fishing village (-1 hr) and meet with local people. Continue walk through paddy fields by adoring the amazing landscape and fresh air to the next village “Nan Mè San” (-1 hr). Here you can study the Shan culture and their traditional farming process that is still using cattle and its excrement as natural fertilizer.

Simple lunch at a monastery or a small restaurant of a village.

After lunch, awaiting car will drive you to the Demoso Township and stop a short visit to AVA MARIA church which accommodated hundreds of under privileges youths. Then drive back to Loikaw and admire sunset from Shwe-let-war Hill.

Overnight at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 7 : Loikaw – Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Yangon.

Visit the colorful market: Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed on every Monday & public holidays) where you will discover a wealth of unique craftsmanship and high quality of its variety.

In the evening, visit around China Town to get an experience the busy Yangon with local teashops, restaurants, sellers, vendors and bizarre food stalls, such as crickets, grubs, worms, etc…

Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 8 : International Departure

After breakfast at hotel, take the leisure until your departure flight and transfer to airport for your international flight.

Important Information

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Note

  • Kayah state is just opened for tourists. As the tourism is new for the local people, services may be slow and not perfect. Please be patient and encouraging to local people. This will help them to gain the experience and gradually improve their skills to welcome visitors!!

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