Kayah State

Closed for over half a century, recently opened to visitors, Kayah is one of South East Asia’s last frontiers for inspiring, authentic travel.

Kayah State...

Kayah, Myanmar’s smallest state, is packed with pristine nature, ethnic diversity and potential for inspiring, ‘off the beaten track’ experiences. Visitors will find Kayah’s lush landscapes and weave of cultures visually enchanting. However, what truly sets Kayah apart is the endearing warmth of the people, their sense of humour, and passion to share their rituals, arts, crafts and music. Visitors who are interested in culture can visit an animist temple, meet a local shaman, meet local musicians playing unique bamboo instruments, and try on local dress! Active visitors can enjoy forest trekking with great views. Foodies can enjoy tasting ‘Kayah barbecue’ or sipping rice wine from an earthen pot!

Calling for pioneers – Among the local population responsible tourism is considered to be an important opportunity to bring work and prosperity to the state. Since 2014, local entrepreneurship has been supported by the International Trade Centre, resulting in several suitable cultural and ecotourism products offering a privileged insight into traditional ways of life, while opening the potential for sustainable, community driven economic development with benefits that are widely and equitably shared.

Located between Inle Lake and the Thai border, Kayah state can be conveniently integrated into round trips. The usual base for visitors is Kayah’s tranquil yet appealing capital Loikaw, which can be reached either by air from Yangon by road or in a scenic boat trip from Inle Lake to Pekong, followed by a short busride to Loikaw.

For more information on Kayah, click here to download a brochure on the state.


  • Explore the Kyet Cave located east of Loikaw
  • Visit the impressive reclining Buddha in Loikaw
  • Explore the monuments that make up the Taung Kwe Pagoda
  • Visit tribal villages around Loikaw and get a sense of different languages and customs that exist within very close proximity of each other
  • Try the local food including their Kayah Sausage, called Wet Au Chaung and traditional rice wine – Kayah Kaung Ye.


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