These community based, cultural tour programs offer fascinating, fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. Activities were developed based on special elements of local life, culture and nature, which community members feel proud and comfortable to share with guests.
All programs begin with a quick welcome at the Hta Nee La Leh community center. Guests are met by members of Hta Nee La Leh’s community tourism club. They are given a friendly introduction to the community, and important cultural do’s and don’ts.
All programs include a visit to Hta Nee La Leh ‘Kayhtoebo’ hall and shrines, where animist traditions are practiced. Community members consider these sites to be the heart of life in Hta Nee La Leh and a ‘must see’ for visitors. Guests learn why the sites are important for local people, and about festivals and events, which are held here during the year. Guests also learn about the tradition of ritual hunting. They visit the local hunting shrine, and can try their hand using a catapult!
The ‘Kayhtoebo’ hall plays a key role in local identity.
Test your skills with a traditional, Kayah catapult!
Fixed costs include a ‘local community guide fee’ of 5000 Kyat per guide, per half day; or 8000 Kyat per guide per full day. In addition to these activities, other, optional activities can be selected, which make the tour into a half day program.
Visitors can eat lunch or dinner at a local restaurant (paid according to menu prices). Or, you can book a special Kayah Barbecue. To eat the Kayah barbecue by the lake costs a minimum of 30,000 Kyat (total) from 4-6 guests, and an additional 5,000 Kyat per guest thereafter. It is also possible to eat the Kayah barbecue in a local home, for a cost of 5,000 Kyat per person (minimum of two guests).
Choices of programs and prices are described below:
Half-day tours (apr. 3.5 hours)
A: Welcome guests at the Community Center. Visit the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. In addition, guests visit the Lotus Pond. This is a sacred and scenic site. Here, visitors listen to the local legend of Tsudanu, a prince and princess who finally ascend to heaven as mythical Kinaree birds…
Price: Local guide = 5,000 Ks (1 to 10 guests)
B: Welcome guests at the Community Center. Visit the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. In addition, enjoy a fun Ox Cart ride, via the Lotus Pond to the scenic 7 Lakes. Relax by the lake and enjoy the forested, mountain scenery.
Price: Local guide = 5,000 Ks (1 to 10 guests) + Ox Cart rental @ 5,000 Ks (1 cart per 3 guests)
C: Welcome guests at the Community Center. Visit the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. In addition, enjoy an Ox Cart ride, via the Lotus Pond to the scenic 7 Lakes. Here, guests enjoy a delicious Kayah Barbecue with cultural exchange. (Note 1 to 3 guests, will eat in a local home).
Price: Local guide = 5,000 Ks + Ox Cart 5,000 Ks (1 cart for 3 guests) + BBQ 5,000 Ks / guest (Note: Kayah Barbecue charges start at 30,000 Ks (for 4-6 guests).
Half day ‘deep insight’ into local arts and music
D: During this program, you will visit two homes. First, you visit a local musician’s house, listen to traditional Instruments and try your hand playing them. Then, you visit another house to learn about traditional Kayah dress.
Price: Coordination fee = 2,000 Ks to inform the artists about the visit in advance and to remind them. Plus, 5,000 Kyat contribution towards the musicians’ time (shared between two musicians) and 3,000 Kyat contribution towards the local dress activities. Note that it is also possible to rent a Kayah costume to try on, for an additional 5,000 Kyat / costume (this takes approximately 45 minutes).
A local guide can accompany the group all day for 8000 Kyat.
Contact: Hta Nee La Leh Community Tourism Club
Htwe Myar 09961467685 (Myanmar language)
NB: Local, Loikaw tour operators can book this tour for a 10% service charge.
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