Cultural Exploration in Loikaw

3 Days - 2 Nights Inle Lake, Loikaw, Shan State Short Breaks

Tour Overview

Discover the enchanting treasures of southern Shan State with this tour. Embark on a serene boat ride to Samkar and behold the breathtaking natural scenery, quaint villages, and ancient stupas. Experience Loikaw, the central point of numerous remote villages and ethnic tribes, known for its picturesque views and emerald-green landscapes. Immerse yourself in the idyllic nature of Panpet village, surrounded by lush rice fields, and gain insight into the daily life of locals. Delve into the world of the Kayan tribe, renowned for their unique tradition of wearing coils around their neck, and gain a deeper understanding of their cultural practices.

  • Prior to booking any tour, participants are advised to assess their level of physical fitness to ensure that they can handle the demands of the activity. It is important to acknowledge and understand the suitability of the tour. If you have concerns about your fitness level, it is recommended that you contact the guide for a discussion. Participants are also required to inform the guide of any pre-existing medical conditions or illnesses that could pose a safety risk or be aggravated during the tour prior to the start of the tour.

  • To fully enjoy the trekking experience in the remote Southern Shan hills, travelers will need specific equipment to ensure their safety and comfort. Essential items include a 20L backpack to carry personal belongings, waterproof hiking shoes to protect feet from getting wet, and a windbreaker to stay warm and dry during windy and rainy conditions.

    Additionally, trekking shorts and pants and a trekking t-shirt or shirt are recommended to allow ease of movement and ventilation. Gloves and trekking socks are also essential to protect hands and feet from scratches and blisters. Sun glasses and a hat can shield the eyes and face from the harsh sun, while sun cream will protect the skin from sunburn.

    Moreover, hiking poles are recommended to provide stability and support, especially during steep and uneven terrain. Finally, a headlamp will help trekkers navigate the trails during the night or in low-light conditions.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Inle Lake – Samkar – Phe Khone – Loikaw

    Start the day with a 1 hour 30-minute boat ride to Samkar, a forgotten archaeological complex filled with stupas, temples, and pagodas nestled in the hills. Despite being submerged in the middle of the 20th century, the structures have remained well-preserved and are worth exploring.

    Next, continue the journey to Phe Khone (approximately 2 hours) and then transfer by road to Loikaw (approximately 30 minutes) where you will check-in at your hotel. Once refreshed, head to the Cathedral of Christ the King, the oldest church that combines traditional European Church architecture with local Buddhist styles. In the afternoon, visit the weaving training and vocational training center to see the natural dying process and the sausage workshop, famous for its production from Kayah. Before sunset, visit Loikaw’s most famous religious monument, the Taung Kwe Pagoda and enjoy the sunset from the top of the mountain.

    Transfer back to your hotel and spend the night in Loikaw.

  • Day 02: Loikaw – Pan Pet – Hta Nee La Leh Village – Loikaw (B)

    After breakfast, drive to Pan Pet and visit Loikaw’s local market. Witness people selling various local products such as vegetables, crafts, and souvenirs. The market attracts various ethnic groups, including the Kayan women who are easily identifiable by their brass necklaces. Proceed with the drive to Pan Pet, which is situated 26 miles from Loikaw in Demoso Township. This village is a community-based tourism destination and the abode of the Kayan tribe. You can discover a multitude of ethnic and cultural attractions in this place, including the famous ‘long neck women’ of the Kayan tribe, as well as traditional practices such as creating Kayah dresses, crafting bracelets, and learning about their religion, culture, and terrace farming.

    Next, your local guide will take you to trek through the holy sites and end with a panoramic view of the mountains and valley. Visit a workshop making wooden statues or jewelry along the way.

    The next destination is Hta Nee La Leh, another village of the Kayan people where you can witness their way of life and beliefs. Visit Kayhtoebo and Hunting Shrine to learn about local beliefs and village spiritual life, and meet the friendly Kayah tribes.

    Return to your hotel in Loikaw to spend the night.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 03: Loikaw – Yangon (B)

    After breakfast, transfer to Loikaw airport and take a flight back to Yangon (approximately 1 hour 10 minutes). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

    Breakfast included

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