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The Longnecks of Loikaw

See a rare culture and way of life that is seemingly untouched by the outside world. Traipse across lush hills untrodden by the common tourists. Learn about the different hill tribes that dot the Myanmar countryside as you embark on this four-day, three-night Loikaw Myanmar Expedition.

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  • See the famous neck-elongating tactics employed by the women of the Kayan tribe
  • Shop the local market alongside the native hill tribe people decked out in their traditional garb
  • Sail the crystal waters of Lake Inle
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

After your direct flight from Yangon to Loikaw, you will be whisked off to your hotel to check in. After acclimatising and relaxing, you will begin your scenic drive to Panpet village, the home of the long-necked tribespeople. Enjoy a traditional picnic lunch with a group of elegant Kayan women and delight in their music and daily lives. En route back to the hotel in Loikaw, make a stop at Taung Kew Pagoda to take in beautiful, sweeping sunset views of the city.

Day 2

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel in preparation for a day of discovery ahead. Hop in your car for a relaxing and photo-worthy two and a half hour drive through the beautiful countryside to visit Dawdama Gyi and Dawsopyar villages where you will be greeted with the by the Kayah tribeswomen. Experience local hospitality with a unique picnic at the home of the local chief. After lunch, head back to Loikaw for a tour of the museum to learn about local hand weaving.

Day 3

After a refreshing night’s sleep, wake up to a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Gaze out of your car window to enjoy the unparalleled Burmese panoramas as they glide by on your way to Hte Kho and Ra A Pra villages. Here you will get the chance to meet the fascinating people of the Kayaw tribespeople. This experience to witness their rich culture and traditions is unforgettable. The drive is arduous, but after a long day of discovery, relax back in your hotel in Loikaw.

Day 4

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel in Loikaw for the last time. Before you leave the city behind, don’t miss the chance to pick up some fabulous locally-made handicrafts at the market in the center and see the locals bartering for goods. From Loikaw,  it’s a one-hour drive to Phe Khon, a beautiful small town beside the waters of Lake Inle. Take a stunning boat ride past the lake’s Sagar area for a relaxing and memorable five hours. 


Suggested Accommodations

Hotel Loikaw

Hotel Loikaw

An expansive ranch-style accommodation set behind a lovely lily-padded pond, Hotel Loikaw is a simple hotel with a fusion of Burmese and Western architecture. Conveniently-located near Htee Ngar Yar Lake, the quiet town of Loikaw in the Kayah State of Myanmar is a serene, tranquil getaway. With an onsite restaurant serving up traditional and western cuisine, as well as an included breakfast buffet, you won’t go hungry during your stay at Hotel Loikaw.  Choose from 25 simple, but comfortable rooms, which offer the utmost in relaxation with 12 deluxe rooms and 13 superior rooms. 

Aureum Inle Resort & Spa, Inle Princess Resort

Aureum Inle Resort & Spa

Opened in 2010, the Aureum Inle Resort & Spa is perched on the edge of Inle Lake with villas surrounding its banks. Each of the 66 units comes with separate sleeping and living areas, satellite television, private balconies and outdoor terraces. Dine at either one of the hotel’s restaurants (both indoor and outdoor options are available). Other on-site facilities include a spa and beauty parlor, a swimming pool and a boutique shop. Water sport activities are also available through the hotel.


Inle Princess Resort

The Inle Princess Resort lies on the northeast shore of Inle Lake, set against dramatic mountains. Forty-six chalets built in a traditional Shan style with high peaked roofs are lined along the waterfront – 27 with views of the lake, and 19 with views over landscaped tropical gardens full of exotic flowers. The Princess’s restaurant serves Shan, Intha, Thai, Chinese, and European cuisine, with a special set menu for vegetarian guests. Special private dinners are also available on the restaurant’s terrace, overlooking the lake, and in the resort’s Wine Cave. The Princess’s Spa, open from 09:00 to 22:00 each day, offers a variety of massages and treatments and has Sauna, Steam Room, and Jacuzzi facilities, as well as hydrotherapy with natural hot spring water. All rooms are WiFi enabled, and fax and Internet services are also available via the front desk. Morning yoga and meditation grouped classes are offered; private sessions can be arranged at additional cost. The resort is approximately a 50-minute drive from the airport in Heho followed by a 25-minute boat ride.
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