The capital of Kayah State, Loikaw (named by Shan people) describes the dividing point between two mountains: Shwe Taung and Thiri Mingalar Taung. ‘Loi’ means mountain and ‘Kaw’ means separate.
The town’s most iconic site is Taung Kwe Pagoda, also known as Broken Mountain, which offers stunning panoramic views of the urban area and surrounding mountains. The reclining Buddha, churches, colourful markets, a museum, and traditional crafts workshops are also highlights.
Beyond these sights, Loikaw is a genuinely great place to rub shoulders with local people, and soak up the town’s gentle, laid back and friendly atmosphere. The beautiful Belu Chaung river runs through Loikaw. Scenic Naung Yah lake is a great place to go for a morning walk, or enjoy tasty local food in the evening, at sunset.Read more
Loikaw offers several comfortable (not luxurious) hotels; and simple, guest-houses. Some hotels offer different room rates, depending on single or double occupancy, and low/high season. In Loikaw, the low season is April to September, and high season October to March. Room rates indicated below are subject to change. Please always contact the hotels to confirm current rates. Please also note that while some hotels do offer wi-fi, signals are often weak and fluctuating.
Hotel Kayan Star is offers spectacular of Loikaw’s mountains, pagodas and the city. It is a beautiful accommodation that that is...Read More »
Kayah Land Hotel is located in central of downtown, quiet neighborhood, surrounded by local restaurants that serve variety of deli...Read More »
Glory Motel is located in the center of the city, near Thirimingalar Pagoda and Hawgyi Monestry. Glory Motel is a pleasant mid ...Read More »
Kayah’s cuisine is simple, fresh and healthy. Visitors can try a variety of local dishes and snacks in fresh markets and local restaurants.
The Kayah kitchen includes some regional specialities, of which Kayah Sausage is the most famous. These tasty, meat sausages are seasoned with Kayah pepper, which is harvested in the surroundings of De Maw Soe and Pan Pet villages. The pepper imbues the sausages with a distinctive flavour.
‘Hin Htoke’ is another delicious, local snack, enjoyed by people in Kayah. ‘Hin Htoke’ are steamed rice cakes, usually mixed with chicken or pork, or vegetarian. Local rice and millet wines are also popular.
This is a popular, local restaurant, well known for serving some of the best Kayah Sausage in Loikaw....Read More »
This unique restaurant has an unforgettable ‘saloon’ style, and a great, central location on the Balu Chaung river, off Pa Dau...Read More »
This is Loikaw’s best known bakery, and a great place for tea, coffee, cakes, and watching the world go by. The cakes are baked ...Read More »
This tour takes you into the home of one of two Loikaw Kayah sausage producers, willing to offer international and national visitors a safe and unique cooking experience in Kaya...Read More »
Learn Symbols of Kayah Identity " Historical Artefacts and Traditional Costumes"
Naung Yah lake is a very popular spot for local people to enjoy a stroll in the morning and evening, or a picnic with family and friends. Some paddle boats are available, and so...Read More »
Haw Nan Monastary, known as Kandarawwady Haw Nan is one of the most ancient buildings in Kayah. It was built during the First World War ( 1912-1916) by Zaw Bwa Saw Pyar Du Sat K...Read More »
Thirimingalar Market is open every day from 6 AM to 5 PM except full moon days. The market has a good variety of items local foods, vegetables, fruits and spices with wonderful con...Read More »
The most famous religious landmark of Loikaw is the Thiri-Mingalar Taung-kwe Pagoda. Taung Kwe means broken mountain. It is also called Thirimingalar Taung Zedi as it was built on ...Read More »
Market on Daw Na Street has plenty of tasty, local food and typical Myanmar tea shops. It is possible to buy hot, fresh food. However, use your discretion. If this is your first ti...Read More »
This tour takes you around the organic garden of the weaving center to discover and experience the process of natural dyeing and learn about traditional weaving.
Demoso Market is located to the South of Loikaw. It takes 30 minutes to travel by car or bike from Loikaw. The market is open 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) in the ...Read More »
Hightlights Pokhee or Women’s Shrine, where women can get justice "Rice Barn Village" or Dozen of small huts that keep rice for the whole year Taste millet wine, learn about...Read More »
Experience Remote, Vibrant, Local Culture and Go Off Road, with Real Forest Trekking Hightlight The Culture of Carving Wooden Coffins for Ones’ Relatives Traditional Hunting...Read More »
Nature trail into the green heart of Kayah In Pem Song hamlet, guests can enjoy the ‘Nature Trail’, an easy forest walk, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Al...Read More »
Htee-pwint-kan or Umbrella pond is situated in Demosoe Township in the heart of the paddy fields. It is a small pond, around a hundred feet in circumference. The pond is famous bec...Read More »
Aung Tha Pyay Cave is located near Htee Se’ Kha waterfall. There are about 10 sitting Buddha Statues inside the cave. The cave is approximately about 1000 ft long. Many bee hives...Read More »
Phaya Pyu, or ‘white pagoda’ village can be reached by a scenic boat journey from Loikaw, which takes about 1 hour and is most pleasant in the early morning. The journey is ver...Read More »
Lwel Ta Mu Cave was found in 1948. According to legend, a local person saw the cave in a dream, and went to find it. The cave is 110 feet deep, 100 feet wide, 300 feet long to the ...Read More »
Ngwe Daung Dam is located in Demawso Township, 12 miles south of Loikaw. It was built in 1962. It is the main dam for irrigation in the Demawsoe area. It is a beautiful spot to tak...Read More »
See ancient, wooden coffins in natural cave in eastern Kayah state Kyet Cave (Ya Sa Ku in Kayah language) is located 12 miles far to the east of Loikaw, 2990 metres above sea leve...Read More »
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 spe...Read More »
Lawpita waterfall and hydropower plant is located about 12 km’s to the east of Loikaw. It has beautiful scenery with the water cascading down the falls. Many fishes can clearly b...Read More »
Htee Se Kha Waterfall is a one hour drive, west of Loikaw. It is a natural waterfall which flows from Nant Tan Bat Creek, on the border of Shan and Kayah States. Local people enjoy...Read More »
We visited the Taung Kwe Pagoda - the main attraction within the town of Loikaw. You have to transverse a number of stairs in bare feet to get to top. But well worth it! You get nice views of th...
Kayah is a place for nature lovers. We went to the lakes and it was serene and peaceful. We enjoyed a sampling of Kaya food. My wife liked the sausage. It tasted quite fifferent from those we have...
Thank you to Amazing Kayah - the agency we used for our 3 day tour around Kayah. They were very helpful and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Kayah. My wife & I enjoyed our time in Kaya...