Duration : 03 Days / 02 NightsRoute : Yangon, Loikaw
Transfer to Yangon Airport depart for Loikaw by schedule flight (1 hr flying). Arrive Loikaw, the capital city of Kayah State, town is in the Karen Hills, near the State's northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu River. The inhabitants are mostly Kayah (also known as Karen). First visit to the Kayah State Museum to introduce more about Kayah through its unique culture and tradition of ethnic groups in this region. And then, visit weaving factory where most of the Kayah traditional costume are produced. At the evening time, enjoy panoramic and sunset view from the top of the landmark of Kayah, Taungkwe Zeti, a cluster of stupas and walk ways built on majestic limestone karts mountains. Drive back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, visit to the main market in Loikaw, Thirimingalar market. The guide will buy goods and food for donation during the visit. Drive about 1 hour towards the Padaung villages (long neck) of Pan Pad. Padaung women, sometimes known as ‘long-necked women’, traditionally wear a great many brass rings around their necks and ankles, starting from the age of six or seven and added each year. The original purpose was to repel prospective kidnappers. From the road an easy 45-minute walk on a track brings you to the first village where you’ll see Padaung women. Spend time at the village.
In the afternoon, drive back to Loikaw. On the way, visit some villages to enjoy wonderful field of Takon Dhaing, the flagpole of Nats (spirits). The Kayhto Bo, or spirit poles, are found in most villages around Loikaw. These sacred poles are worshiped once a year, around April. Since most of the tribes have been converted to Christianity (some to Buddhism), though they still maintain speckles of their traditional animist customs.
Breakfast at hotel. Depart from hotel after breakfast. Drive to Phekhone for 1 hour by road and join local boats (new engines, less noise). Depart for the village of Sagar, a journey of about 2 hours through a beautiful scenery. This route is not often taken by travelers and is unspoiled. Arrive in Sagar and stroll through the village, observing daily life, and meeting friendly locals of the Pa-O, Shan and Intha ethnic groups. Visit Sagar Pagoda, where numerous stupas make an impressive sight, see other ancient religious monuments and lunch at local restaurant (a Little Lodge in Samkar). Continue by boat trip to hotel in Inle Lake (2 hrs). Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner) English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply) Local guide in Hoa Binh Entrance fees for all visits and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
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