Discover the lesser-known treasures of southern Shan State. Embark on a boat excursion to “Samkar” where you can immerse yourself in the tranquil and captivating natural scenery, visit charming villages, and admire ancient stupas. Enliven your senses with a journey to Loikaw, a town that serves as a gateway to many remote villages and ethnic communities. This serene town is renowned for its lush, emerald-green landscapes and picturesque vistas. Take pleasure in the unspoiled wilderness of Panpet village amidst the rice paddies and observe the simple daily routines of the locals. Delve into the territory of the Kayan tribe, who are famous for wearing coils around their necks, and gain a deeper appreciation of their unique customs and traditions.
- Meet the ethnic groups about their beliefs and spiritual practices
- Discover an off-the-beaten track in Myanmar
- Experience the serenity of the Shan hills to fully immerse in the local culture and way of life
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 Loikaw vistas, 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. Sunglasses 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.
Day 1: Yangon – Loikaw
Begin the trip by transferring to Yangon airport for the flight to Loikaw, which will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Loikaw serves as the capital city of Kayah State, which happens to be the smallest state within Myanmar. Check-in at the hotel and then proceed to visit a monastery where more than 100 monks study Buddhist literature, providing you with an insight into their daily life. Next, head to the Thiri MingalarPon Kyaung monastery, which was previously the palace of Kayah Saopha (Sky Princess) up until 1959. After that, explore the Cathedral of Christ the King, which is the oldest church combining traditional European and local Buddhist architecture, built in 1939. Later, visit the Weaving Training and Vocational Training Center, where a master trainer will guide you on an hour-long tour of the weaving center’s garden and demonstrate the natural dying process. On the way back, visit a sausage workshop that produces the famous Kayah sausage. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Taung Kwe Pagoda, Loikaw’s most famous religious monument, before heading back to the hotel for an overnight stay.Overnight
Day 2: Loikaw – Pan Pet – Hta Nee La Leh Village – Loikaw (B)
After breakfast, drive to Pan Pet village and on the way, visit Loikaw’s market where locals sell their produce, crafts, and souvenirs, including the distinctive brass necklace-wearing Kayan women. Different ethnicities are drawn to the market, among them are the Kayan women, who are easily recognizable by the brass necklaces they wear. Moving forward with your journey to Pan Pet, which is located 26 miles away from Loikaw in Demoso Township, you’ll find a village that serves as a community-based tourism site and is the home of the Kayan tribe. There are numerous cultural and ethnic attractions to discover in this area, such as the renowned “long neck women” of the Kayan tribe, as well as traditional practices like creating Kayah dresses, crafting bracelets, and learning about their religion, culture, and terrace farming.
Go on a trek with a local guide and explore the surroundings, including holy sites, and end with a mesmerizing panoramic view of the mountains and valley. On the way, visit a workshop that produces wooden statues or jewelry.
Afterward, continue with the drive to Hta Nee La Leh village to visit the Kayhtoebo and Hunting Shrine. This is a chance to gain insight into the local beliefs and spiritual practices of the village, and also to meet and interact with the friendly locals of Kayah. Return to Loikaw for an overnight stay.Breakfast included
Day 3: Loikaw – Phe Khone – Samkar – Inle Lake (B)
In the morning, drive to a small town of Phe Khone, a journey that will take approximately 30 minutes. Upon arrival, embark on a boat ride for a 2-hour trip to Samkar, an impressive archaeological complex that has been forgotten by time. Discover the stupas, temples, and pagodas nestled in the hills, which have been deprived of sunlight since the place was flooded in the middle of the 20th century. Then, continue your journey to Inle Lake and transfer to the hotel.Breakfast included