The capital of Kayah state, Loikaw is located in southern Shan State of Myanmar. Loikaw is about 70 miles south of Kalaw. It is about 5 hour drive from Kalaw and just an hour’s flight from Yangon. Most Kayah Padaung nationals live in Pan Pat Village, which is situated in Kayah State. Padaung traditional costumes and their way of life are distinguished and unique. One of their beliefs is that the longer the neck, the more beautiful the person is. Therefore, Padaung women when they came of age, wear bronze spiral rings around their necks. That’s why, the Padaung have become a widely recognized tribe of Myanmar.
The famous religious landmark of Loikaw is the Thiri-Mingalar Taung-kwe Pagoda Hill – meaning “Separated hills” in Myanmar, scenically built on a hillock overlooking the vast expanse of the environs.