Kayah and Kalaw Long Neck Territory

February 16, 2016 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Myanmar, News, Responsible Tourism, Travel

Manager tip - Edwin - Myanmar

Kayah is Myanmar’s smallest state tucked away between the southern part of Inle Lake and the northern part of Kayin State. An interesting destination, its people form a mix of different beliefs and customs that have lived for centuries in this hilly part of Myanmar along the Thai border.

Khiri Travel Myanmar has launched a new initiative introducing community-based tourism (CBT) to Kayah, with a variety of exciting excursions and means of transport including mountain bike. We are glad to announce this exciting new destination, which approaches Inle Lake from a more remote perspective.

During the new four-day trip beginning in the former hill station town of Kalaw, we take your travelers into several communities. We can have a look at villager’s homes, schools, gardens and best of all—try to gain an understanding of their daily lives, beliefs and what they value by listening to their stories and folklore.

There are many different ethnic minorities in the border regions of Myanmar. The most well known are the Kayan long neck women. Khiri Travel has recently set up a community program for your travelers to interact with some local villagers who rarely see foreigners. With the help of trained guides, your travelers can sit down with a long neck woman and her family to hear all about the custom of wearing the neck rings and other authentic traditions that are still practiced in their unique culture. Khiri Travel Myanmar makes sure this tourism is socially responsible and that the money exchanged directly benefits the long neck women and their families.

From Kalaw, travelers will board a slow, but sturdy local train to ride through an area mainly inhabited by the Pa O people wearing their colorful headdresses and traditional costumes. There will be time to visit different Kayah tribes and stay overnight in a lodge built in traditional Shan style on Inle Lake. Arriving from this point of the compass allows your travelers to enjoy the hilly topography in the green season, from June until September, when the scenery is in full bloom.

For more information about tours to remote tribal areas of eastern Myanmar like Kayah and Shan states and Inle Lake, please leave your contact information in the form below.

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