Our driver and English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel in Loikaw about 8:00 am.
Transfer by car from Loikaw to Phan Pet, a cluster of 10 hamlets, forming 5 x Kayan villages.
Trekking: Before visiting the hamlet of Salong Kana, home of different artisans (called as the artist village), the local guide will take you about 1.5 hours trekking to a view point on a hill that overlooks the scenic area and provides an understanding of the environment in which the Kayan ethnic live and farm. After a rest, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the house of the first artisan, the bracelet maker who will demonstrate how to create traditional bracelets and work the bronze coils the Kayan have been traditionally wearing around their neck. The bracelet maker is the last of her kind in the area and without apprentices, her knowledge not being passed on.
Enjoy traditional lunch at private village house. A local women group, trained by UN hygiene officers, will prepare delicious lunch boxes for you (at least 3 Kayan dishes).
After lunch, we will continue to visit artisan houses and explore traditional techniques to make weaving and bamboo crafts.
The Cotton grower & weaver: There are only a few women left in Pan Phet that grow their own cotton, do the threading and weaving traditional textiles (ie. Kayan tunic).
The bamboo cup and basket maker (braiding techniques).
You will also enjoy interacting with fun-loving and artistic Kayan people and discover the tradition and culture of local ethnic people.
After that trekking about 2 hours back to car pick-up point and enjoy the scenic view along the trekking.
Option: Instead of 2-hour trekking to car pick-up point at the end of village visit, we can pick you up in Salong Kana and transfer to Rang Ku Village (10-min drive) to visit some the little shops that Kayan women have opened to sell their crafts and support their families.
After the tour, transfer to your hotel in Loikaw.