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Loikaw

The remote and enchanting capital of Kayah, is located in the Karen Hills area, near the state’s northern tip. Myanmar’s largest hydropower plant built (by the Janpanese as war reparation) is located about 20 km east of Loikaw at Lawpita falls. Travel to this part of Myanmar and you will discover beautiful Kayah hill scenery and a large number of distinctive tribal cultures, the most internationally famous of which are the Kayan (with their tradition of ‘giraffe-necked’ women with coils that elongate their necks). There are up to ten native ethnic groups in Kayah, in addition to the people from surrounding parts of Myanmar who live here. Travel from Kalaw or lnle Lake by overland is closer.