Day 1: Flight Yangon - Loikaw,In the morning time you get picked up by your driver to catch the flight to Loikaw from Yangon Airport. After check-in at your hotel in Loikaw, the capital city of Kayah state, 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.
Loikaw: Excursion Hta Nee La Leh & Thiri Mingala Pagoda
In the evening you continue to the Thiri Mingala Pagoda, a religious landmark of Loikaw located on a rock. Climbing up the rock is definitely worth to get a great panoramic view above the city and its nearby hills.
Day 2: Loikaw: Trek & Excursion Padaung villageThe next day 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 explain 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 mountain top, 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 famous 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.
Day 3: Flight Loikaw - YangonAfter breakfast you get picked up to catch your return flight from Loikaw to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, we drop you off either at your hotel or the Yangon International Airport.