Kayah was known as Karenni State until late 1905 before it was renamed Kayah State. Its various tribes and clans also spread into neighboring states, this, coupled with its remoteness and incredible ethnic texture has endowed kayah and its populace with a fascinating heritage of historical intrigue. Myanmar’s smallest Intriguing Kayah State is quite probably the most culturally diverse.
While visitors will find Kayah’s lush landscapes, a weave of cultures visually enchanting, experiencing the endearing warmth of the people, their sense of humor and passion to share their traditions, crafts, and music are what sets Kayah apart from other destinations.
While in Lawpita, I saw the speedy, rough flow of water in Pun Creek daily. The water flow of Pun Creek which passes jungles and mountains is at high speed. Such strong massive water volume moves turbines of the power station to generate electricity.
Local people in the town have been living in unison with faith in various religions. Not only Roman Catholic churches but also Buddhist stupas and temples mushroom in the town in addition to beautiful scenes of mountain ranges, waterfalls, springs, and caves.
Hpasawng is a calm and quiet town in Kayah State. Some people said Hpasawng derived from Pekasawng in the Mon language, but some told Hpasawng meant the area of a large, steep stone plaque in Shan language.
Kae Htoe Boe festival is among the most distinctive festivals in Kayah State. The festival is held by all tribes in Kayah State together, showing that they all maintain and preserve the traditional festival and solidarity of the entire Kayah ethnic tribes.
Kyat Cave, is famous among travelers for a few years, is located 10 miles east of Loikaw. Travelers leading to Kyat Cave must come from Pinlaung to Loikaw. At the junction to Loikaw, they need to turn the left.
KAYAH State is the smallest state in Myanmar with an area of just a little more than 3,500 square miles. Kayan or Palaung are renowned for their ‘long-neck’ women who wear brass coils around their necks and are dressed in colorful traditional costumes.