Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State in burma (Burma) - the home of numerous tribes of which Padaung is very known for one with "long necks" women.
Loikaw is located in Karen Hill area, near the State’s northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu river. Just by a short flight from Yangon, you could reach to a very traditional Loikaw, which is one of the best places in Southeast Asia for a spectacle of authentic tribal life. Another way to reach Loikaw is that you may boat from Inle lake - where you may observe “one leg rowing fishermen” - to Phekhkone lake, get to Sagar village on the way then drive to Loikaw. Or you drive from Kalaw/ Heho to Loikaw and you be able to relax spectacular landscape along the way.
Loikaw has three main tribes: Kayan, Kayah and Kayaw, especially among them, Kayan (or Padaung) women are well-known for wearing neck rings, which lengthen their neck.
To find out Loikaw, you may take a classic tour to some particular locations or a trekking tours to distant areas.
In a burma Classic tour:
With this adventure, you can adventure popular places inside and around Loikaw city. You can travel Thiri Mingala Taungkwe Pagoda, the Buddhism sputa. It is located in the middle of Loikaw, which towers over the city. Being constructed in 11th century, this pagoda situated in two hillocks. Between two hills is a bridge which connects them. You may watch desolately at the pilgrims and relax the brilliant landscape from the top, especially at sunset.
Other site you can adventure is Shan chieftain, Haw of Loikaw. This palace used as a Buddhist monastery.
If you do not inclue a chance to travel tribe villages, you may take an excursion to the Kayah State museum, which displays the traditional life styles of Kayah national races.
Besides, local markets like Demawso are also the amazing places where you can realize Padaung tribe ladies with their really long necks. These special women are on the brink of extinction because of up to date life, which made Padaung women do not want to keep their neck lengthening tradition.
If possible, you could explore Kyet limestone cave, which is 15 km outside of Loikaw.
To make it an tour tour:
By trekking through remote villages, you could see the true life of local inhabitants, but this depends on regulation of authorities and sometimes it can be not permitted.
attraction of Loi Kaw tours tours is Padaung race, especially Padaung women with their extremely long necks. Tribes in Loikaw also dress colorful costumes. In the villages, you can get insight traditional living ways, unspoiled cultures and also how the villages deal with the taking ways of the military, who take their food without payment. Travelers can find out Kayah traditional weaving industry and marvelous ritual flagstaffs of Nat (spirit) worshipers. Trekking trails also pass through fields. A long with paddy, the main crop of Kayah State are beans, pulses, maizes, sunflowers, cotton and vegetables are cultivated as well. Guides also lead you to trek through hills and thick jungle.
You may also be overnight at homestay. At these nights, you will obtain strange feelings with noisy barks of dog at shadows or distant howls from across town, which you may not discover in a state of the art city.
Spirited poles are the unique point of Loikaw. You can found them in almost villages around Loikaw. They are worshipped once a year, around April.