Tribes of Kayah State

Loikaw    2D/1N


  • Experience Myanmar off the beaten path
  • Interact with the Kayan people and learn about their traditions
  • Enjoy a delightful trek in the mountains

  • Inclusions

      Private air-conditioned vehicle
      Hotel pick up and drop off
      Accommodation in Loikaw
      English-speaking guide
      Activities mentioned in the program


      Personal expenses
      Meals and drinks
      Visits not mentioned in the program

    Terms & Conditions

  • After payment is made, you will receive a confirmation letter and present it to our staff at the meeting point, either mobile or printed version.
  • Once booked, refunds are not available due to reservation requirements.

  • Full Itinerary

    Day 1 - Loikaw: Hta Nee La Leh Village & Thiri Mingala Pagoda
    Meet your guide at your hotel in Loikaw, the capital city of Kayah state. Today you visit Hta Nee La Leh, a tribal village. There you gain insight into the Kayan cultures and traditions. After an ox cart ride around the fields, you visit the Kayhtoebo hall and shrines, where animist traditions are still practiced. Enjoy a musical experience by visiting a local's musician's home and listen to the unique sounds of their traditional instruments - you can even try to play one by yourself. In the evening you continue to the Thiri Mingala Pagoda, a religious landmark of Loikaw located on a rock. Climbing up the rock is worth to get a great panoramic view above the city and its nearby hills.
    Day 2: Loikaw: Trek & Padaung village
    Today you visit a Padaung village. First, you enjoy snacks and tea at a local family house. Head to Pemsong village afterwards to join a light trekking tour for about two hours. A local community tour guide tells you about the history of the village and his ancestors. Further, he shows you eatable plants and explains about herbal medicines, which is commonly used by the community members. A highlight of the trip is arriving at the original settlement of Pan Pet, perched on a mountaintop, where evidence of past habitation is visible. This is considered one of the first Kayan settlements of Kayah State. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic of the surrounding mountains while having a picnic on top of the mountain. The trek ends in Rang Ku hamlet, where guests meet the Kayan people and Padaung women, also known as 'Giraffe-' or 'Long Neck Women'. Traditionally, they wear lots of brass rings around their neck and ankles. Starting from the age of six, each year is another brass ring added. According to legends, the original purpose of this procedure was to prevent injuries caused by tiger attacks. Today you only can see older women wearing those rings, as younger generations do not follow this tradition anymore. Learn a few words of Kayan language and interact with the loving and artistic people. There are also opportunities to buy local handicrafts. Afterwards, you get dropped off at your hotel in Loikaw.
    Sustainable Tourism:
    The entire Golden Express Tours team is proud to support the work of the International Trade Center of the UN, developing community based tourism (CBT) in Kayah State to reduce poverty and encourage cultural exchange.
    Local community members have been taught new skills in hospitality. Further, people are employed as local guides and cooks are paid a fair price for their services. Activities were developed based on particular elements of local life, culture and nature, which community members feel proud and comfortable to share with guests.

    from $176 per pax ( US Dollars )

    1. Children 3 years old and under are free. Children above 3 years will need to be paid as Adults.
    2. For Ballooning tours, children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to fly. Children aged between 8 and 16 years will need to be paid as Adults, and must be over 137cm tall (4 feet 6 inches). Additionally, they need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
    3. Tours require a 3-day advance booking.
    For tours on short notice, please use Contact Us Form

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