Closed for half a century it has opened up and is one of the Southeast Asia last frontiers for inspiring,authentic travel, Myanmar's smallest state is packed with diversity and potential for off the beaten truck experiences.
Home to Nine distinct ethnic groups,the joy kayar is its simplicity and authenticity .
The two main tribes are kayar people well known for their bright,red attire and the Kayan (Padaung) one of the Southeast Asia's most recognisable ethnic groups, due to the practice of wearing bright brass neck rings.
Local hospitality and precious insight into the lives of indigenous tribes are offered through community based tourism initiatives at special selected villages.
Here inhabitants share their customs , artistry and local crafts.
Now largely Christian, the people of Kayar were Animists who through sophisticated ceremonies and practics paid respect to the spirits.
You can travel overland from Mandalay or Naypyitaw through Shan State along the Pinlong -Loikaw road.
You can also take the Taungoo-Demawso road.
Thiri Mingalarpon Monastery
Kayar Cultural Museum -5000 kyats
Weaving school -3000 kyats
Christ the King Church
Homeland of Padaung
One of the most famous groups are a subset of the Kayan people, known worldwide for the brass rings worn by women around their neck.
Capital of Kayar State
Taung Gwe Pagoada
PAN PET VILLAGE (1-hour drive from Loikaw)
HTA NEE LA LEH VILLAGE (45 minutes drive from Loikaw)
eastern Kayar state lies along Myanmar's border with Thailand.
Traditional oferings are made to the sprit guardians
Kaehtoebo Taguntaing Festival
held anually in April
Kuaknyin Htoke Festival
(glutinous rice wraping )
Held in October