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Memorizing Loikaw

8/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 YangonLoikawInle LakeKalawYangon
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This 8-day adventure takes in many of Myanmar cultural and natural highlights including a quick start from Yangon with the world-famous Shwedagon pagoda and faded colonial buildings before heading far north to explore wonderful land and people of Loikaw, a little known and almost strange place to many foreigners which we have been for long wished to introduce to all passionate adventurers. Take our time to slowly discover its surprising captivating landscapes and visit indigenous Padaung (long-neck) tribal women, witness their life and appreciate the way they preserve the vanishing beautiful tradition. An epic trek through Kalaw hills followed by a rustic train to Inle Lake is no doubt a treasured memory at the end of your trip.

Highlights

  Bask in the glowing sunset in Yangon's giant Shwedagon pagoda

  Meet beautiful long-neck women and explore their interesting tradition and way of life

  Catch all beautiful and colorful images of daily life of ethnic groups in Demawso market

  Hop in a fascinating train journey from Kalaw to Inle Lake

  Trod up and down diverse sceneries of Kalaw verdant hill

  Take a scenic boat trip to discover Indein stupas jungle

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Yangon
Day 2 Loikaw B
Day 3 Loikaw B
Day 4 Kalaw B
Day 5 Kalaw B
Day 6 Inle Lake B
Day 7 Indein
Day 8 Yangon Fly back to Yangon, depart B
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Mingalabar! Welcome to Yangon, the biggest ecxiting hub of Myanmar. Upon your airport arrival, you will be greeted and welcomed by our guide and driver and then transferred to your hotel. After check in at your hotel and receive a brief freshening up before begin your city tour with us. Firstly, we head to Pansodan street and take a walk to to get a sense of Yangon's beauty with colonial buildings and many historical monuments dating back from 19th century before driving to visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda nearby and discover the 70 meters long and 16 meters high Reclining Buddha image. Next up, spend your time to chill out at the picturesque Kandawgyi Lake Park where you could take a leisurely stroll along the wooden footbridge across the serene lake and capture spectacle views of the beautiful giant floating Karaweik Palace. This is also the only place in Yangon to enjoy cultural show of traditional dance and music. When the sun sets down, find the way to visit Shwedagon Pgoda and experience the wonder of this inspiring pagoda, being left breathless with its vivid color and sacred atmosphere.  

Meals are on your own account. 

Uncover the diverse history and culture of Yangon

Welcome to Yangon - the biggest and most bustling city in Myanmar, a unique city in Southeast Asia with all nostalgic colors of time and culture reserved over centuries. If you are interested in colonial era architecture, a stroll down Yangon's colonial buildings will definitely blow you away by well-reserved images from the 20th century, with decaying facades filled with old paint and small trees squeezing through those little cracks. Moreover, proud of rich cultural tradition, Yangon will amaze you with plenty of spiritual relics where you can experience the importance of Buddhism to the Burmese’s lives: tranquil Chaukhtatgyi Temple containing an over-200-feet-long reclining Buddha, the octagonal-shaped 2500 year old pagoda Sule Pagoda located in the heart of the city, and especially the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda - the massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. And don’t miss chance to meditate in pagoda’s mystical atmosphere beautifully lit up after dark.(Note: Selected schedules will be appropriately handpicked according to specific package)

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After breakfast, we drive to Yangon airport to catch up the direct flight to Loikaw. At noon or early afternoon, we will reach Loikaw which is famous for tribe with long-neck woman wearing many rings. Upon arrival, visit Seven Stages lake combined with a drop in at Umbrella lake. If time permits, explore the recently opened Kyet Limestone cave 15km outside of Loikaw. Enjoy panoramic sunset view at Taungkwe Pagoda Hill.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Discover exotic nature and culture of Loikaw

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State a little known corner of Myanmar filled with exotic culture and unique lanscapes. The land is home of mountain-top pagodas (Taungkwe Pagoda), volcanic lakes (Seven Stages lake), colorful tribal market Demosaw, mysterious caves (Kyet Limestone cave) and remote hill tribal village where Padaung women still preserve their distinctive culture and traditions by wearing brass rings around their neck & leg for theirt whole life. Come to meet these infectious warm people in their mountain houses and uncover the story and beautiful meaning of this unique costume will bring you an enlightening experience in your off-the-beaten-track adventure. 

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After breakfast, take a visit to Demawso (opened in Wednesday only) and see many tribes with colorful costumes coming here for trading their wares. It’s not only a trading place for many ethnic minorities but also the place for meeting and changing the cultures. Continue to Ngwe Taung Dam and explore special custom of Padaung minority in San Bone village. One of their beliefs is that the longer the neck, the more beautiful the person is. Therefore, Padaung women when coming the appropriate age, wear bronze spiral rings around their necks. The older they are, the more rings they have to wear. Afternoon, you will continue visit Kayah State Museum to understand more about the local’s customs and tradition. Then explore a traditional weaving village of Chitkye and enjoy the spectacular sunset view on the Sakyar Hill.

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Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Discover exotic nature and culture of Loikaw

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State a little known corner of Myanmar filled with exotic culture and unique lanscapes. The land is home of mountain-top pagodas (Taungkwe Pagoda), volcanic lakes (Seven Stages lake), colorful tribal market Demosaw, mysterious caves (Kyet Limestone cave) and remote hill tribal village where Padaung women still preserve their distinctive culture and traditions by wearing brass rings around their neck & leg for theirt whole life. Come to meet these infectious warm people in their mountain houses and uncover the story and beautiful meaning of this unique costume will bring you an enlightening experience in your off-the-beaten-track adventure. 

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After breakfast at the hotel, get in car for 5-hour drive to Kalaw (a winding hilly road to the Shan hills to Kalaw, a fresh and delightful hill station, on the rim of the Shan plateau). On the way, we will visit some villages of the hill tribes and Myinmahtite cave. We will see many Buddha statues in the cave. We will arrive Kalaw in late afternoon. After hotel check-in, spend your time after a long ride in between the refreshing ambience at hill hotel.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

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After breakfast, start your day with an exhilarating trek up and down the Kalaw hilly routes through beautiful plantation growing a large variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, teas, etc. It is also a good chance for you to get more immersive experience with hill friendly villagers from Danu, Pa-O, Taung Yo and Palaung ethnic groups. Reaching the hilltop, stop by a guest house for a cup of local tea and enjoy your lunch. If you wish, you are also warmly invited to have a house tour and get to know more about daily activities and practices here. Later on, we trod down hill through another steepy path to initial starting point and connect a car ride back to hotel then. Enjoy your relaxed time then.

Dinner is on your own account.   

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After a hearty breakfast, you will be brought to Kalaw train station for a 3-hour train ride to Shwenyaung train station, the nearest railhead to connect the iconic Inle Lake – our very next destination. Upon reaching the lake bank in Nyaung Shwe jetty, we step in a private board and start out a fantastic trip around the lake. Upon the tranquil lake, it offers beautiful reflection of floating bamboo houses of Intha people who grow food on floating gardens in addition to fishing. Along the way, observe lake farmers collecting crops on boats or the iconic image of leg-rowing fishermen in their long thin wooden craft catching fish for livelihoods. Sailling further the lake, you will also visit Ngaphechaung Monastery – the oldest and biggest monastery over Inle Lake. It is an attractive wooden monastery famous for unique architecture, impressive collection of Buddha images. From here, we proceed to PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the most important and visited destination of all Buddha believers around the lake where you could also find five 800-year-old golden images well preserved in the center. Our guide will tell you the mysterious story about these precious images.  On the way back to your lake hotel, we stop by Inpawkhon village to explore traditional lotus weaving technique and beautiful textiles in a family-run workshop. If time permits, we will also visit blacksmith and silver smith making workshops before settling in your lake hotel for nice relaxation then.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account

Fantastic rail journey from Kalaw to Inle Lake

Catching a slow train from Kalaw to Inle Lake, it is the chance to to gether local feeling with a seat on outdated carriage dated back from colonial time. The train has long played such a vital role on daily life of Shan Hill locals as importantly affordable link connecting lands. Sitting near the opened windows, relax your mind and enjoy your hassle-free time observing the laid-back charm of naturally preserved Shan mountains, beautiful countryside and vibrant local life going by..

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Immerse in the wonderful floating life in Inle Lake

Upward the western of Shan state is the pictureque Inle Lake –  the Venice of Myanmar. Stepping off Nyaung Shwe marina, you will take a motorized boat to navigate through stilt villages, floating garderns and meet locals who spend their entire lives on the water. Passing Ywa Ma village and Kay Lar Village where Intha people built their unique houses with long straight wooden poles stretching into the lake bed, it is your tranquil time in relaxed atmostphere of thelocally significant Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and get to unfold the interesting story of the five Buddhas inside. As the dawn is coming and the warm light turns the still surface of the lake a golden colour, just pause for a while and cherish true value of unforgetable moment.

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In the second day on Inle Lake, we board on boat again and sail toward Indein. En-route, take a chance to participate in a local 5-day market which is rotating between 5 different lakeside villages over 5-day period. The market is a unique culture point for residents all around the lake and nearby mountains to exchange not only a wide variety of colorful typical products but also their indigenous cultures. After having fun time in the vibrant market, we reach with 1- Indein village after another hour boating. Take an easy stroll through a bamboo forest before connecting the walkway up to the hilltop pagoda. After 30 minutes walking, the amazing summit comes to your sight with mesmerizing view of 1054 ruined stupas embracing the Shwe Indein pagoda in the middle. Getting closer to ancient crumbling stupas, some fallen halfly while some overgrown by little trees and moss, you are offered a golden chance to admire priceless legacy of historical architecture and rich culture dating back from 17th cemtury. From the top of the hill, enjoy great views of Indein village and the surrounding landscape before continuing on foot to observe slow pace of life at Sae Ma village. Along the ride back to your lake hotel, do not miss a chance to stop at Inthar Heritage House, a restaurant and an unusual Cat Sanctuary  holding many significant history and culture values of Inle Lake’s native locals. Wrap up the fruitful day trip with fantastic sunset over the beautiful lake. Have a sweet night then at your hotel.

Lunch and dinner are on own account

Indulge in a trip to the graceful Indein

Indein is a small village West of Inle Lake which is renowned for the floating market and impressive ancient stupas with Banyan trees growing out of them. From Inle Lake, by just a scenic 8-kilometer boat ride through a long narrow canal, you soon reach the lively floating ‘5-day market’ rotated every five days around five different villages in Inle. This is a beautiful opportunity to experience the diversity of Inle ethnic, witness their day-to-day life and make their unique fair on the water trading all local products. A drop-in visit to local workshops will excite your curiosity about lotus weaving, cheroot cigarettes making in various size and flavours and diligent hand crafted silver work. Lastly, don’t forget to discover old ruined pagodas dated back to the 13th century and admire their incredible beauty even in bad condition. The impressive image of stupas after stupas decaying due to constant exposure to humidity still pose irresistible charm will leave you with nothing but thrills. 

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    Fly back to Yangon, depart

After breakfast, check out your hotel, transfer to Heho airport and take a flight back to Yangon. Find your way to connect departure flight home later on. Tour ends.

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Inclusions

Meals
6 Breakfasts
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night),
Transport
Car
Flights
1. Fly from Heho to Yangon (1 hour 10 minutes)
Included Services

Exclusions


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