The capital of Kayah State, Loikaw (named by Shan people) describes the dividing point between two mountains: Shwe Taung and Thiri Mingalar Taung. ‘Loi’ means mountain and ‘Kaw’ means separate. The town’s most iconic site is Taung Kwe Pagoda, also known as Broken Mountain, which offers stunning panoramic views of the urban area and surrounding mountains. The reclining Buddha, churches, colourful markets, a museum, and traditional crafts workshops are also highlights.
Beyond these sights, Loikaw is a genuinely great place to rub shoulders with local people, and soak up the town’s gentle, laid back and friendly atmosphere. The beautiful Belu Chaung river runs through Loikaw. Scenic Naung Yah lake is a great place to go for a morning walk, or enjoy tasty local food in the evening, at sunset.