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Loikaw and Kayah State

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Loikaw is the capital of Myanmar smallest State named after the major ethnic group called “Kayah”, though there are a number of minority groups including Kayaw, Kayah, and famous Kayan people where the women wear brass rings around their neck and known to the world disrespectfully as giraffe women or the Padaung longneck.

The town sits on an elevation app. 2900ft and has a population close to 200,000. Loikaw is a home to the picturesque landscape with limestone hills topped by the pagodas, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, and mysterious caves and various minority groups least visited in Myanmar due to the armed struggles over past 60 years. The area just outside Loikaw was considered black until before the ceasefire agreement was come into active in 2012 between Kayan National Liberation Army KNLA/KNLP and Burmese Army. Until second quarter of 2016, the popular villages outside Loikaw like Panpet (Kayan) and Htanee Lah Lay (Kayah) villages still require a travel permit from the State Government three days before. As the region is slowly opening up, more places will be able accessible in the near future. The Netherland government has invested 1.9 million dollars to help develop Community Based Tourism (CBT) in Kayah State and now ready to take off in full swing from 2016. People often disappointed when they saw refugee Padaung villages in northern Thailand or the Padaung Weaving and Souvenir stalls around Inle Lake. However, they will not feel like seeing ‘human zoo’ when they pay visit to these ‘authentic’ Padaung villages around Loikaw and Deemawso townships. There are trips you can tailor into easy cultural visits to multi-hours day treks.

There are regular flights on state-owned Myanmar National Airlines and occasionally from the private airlines. Starting from May 2016, Air KBZ has scheduled to operate three flights a week between Yangon and Loikdaw.

The express bus from Yangon will take around 18 hours on an ordinary air-conditioned bus. It is easier to take a private car from Inle Lake / Heho airport or Kalaw. The return trip can be driven from Loikaw to Hpe Khon, a town on the western shore of Moe Bye` Dam, and then by boat to Inle lake through Sagar ruins.

The cheapest way to get there from Kalaw / Aungban or vice visa is by rail. The train leaves Aungban (147 Up, half hour earlier from Kalaw) at 8:30am and arrives Loikaw app. 8:00pm. The train, 148 down, leaves Loikaw at 5:45am and arrives Aungban at about 4:30pm and half hour later to Kalaw.

Please contact Santa Maria for planning your visit to Loikdaw and Kayah State.
 

 
 

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