Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State in myanmar (Burma) - the home of many tribes of which Padaung is very known for one with "long necks" women.
Loikaw is located in Karen Hill area, close to the State’s northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu river. Just by a short flight from Yangon, you can reach to a very traditional Loikaw, which is one of the best places in Southeast Asia for a landscape of authentic tribal life. Another way to reach Loikaw is that you can boat from Inle lake - where you can observe “one leg rowing fishermen” - to Phekhkone lake, go 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 view 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 uncover Loikaw, you can take a classic tours to some particular locations or a trekking tours to distant areas.
In a burma Classic tour:
With this tours, you be able to travel renowned places inside and around Loikaw city. You be able to visit 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 enjoy the brilliant sight from the top, especially at sunset.
Other place you be able to get to is Shan chieftain, Haw of Loikaw. This palace used as a Buddhist monastery.
If you do not contain a chance to travel tribe villages, you be able to bring 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 good places where you can find Padaung tribe ladies with their truly long necks. These unique women are on the brink of extinction because of modern life, which made Padaung women do not want to keep their neck lengthening custom.
If possible, you could discover Kyet limestone cave, which is 15 km outside of Loikaw.
To make it an adventure tour:
By trekking through remote villages, you can realize the true life of local inhabitants, but this depends on regulation of authorities and sometimes it may be not permitted.
attraction of Loi Kaw adventure 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 bring their food without payment. Travelers could 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 could also be overnight at homestay. At these nights, you will obtain abnormal feelings with noisy barks of dog at shadows or distant howls from across town, which you could not discover in a state of the art city.
Spirited poles are the special point of Loikaw. You may found them in nearly villages around Loikaw. They are worshipped once a year, around April.