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We have just traveled to Loikaw,and took a direct bus from Yangon. We left at noon and arrived in Loikaw at 5.30 am. The bus was one of those more exclusive that go to Mandalay, Lashio, Bagan, Inle.

We went to Mya Ka Lup pagoda, Shwe Let War (Golden Finger pagoda), Shwe, New, Padamyar (Golden, Silver, Ruby Hills close to Demawso), Nagayon Zar Pagoda, Htee Pwint Kan (Umbrella Lake).  Apart from places closest to Loikaw and a village with a few Padaung ladies.  Anyways, we are  as well to kyet cave which was awesome. There is a small hut on the entrance of the cave where a monk lives – he went to the cave with us and they treated us with coffee, biscuits and entertain my guide with stories as it was raining outside.

 

The capital of Kayah State in Myanmar. It is located in the Karen Hills area, near the State's northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu River. The headquarters of the American Baptist Mission to Hill LK04Karens is located here. The bridges look flimsy, but are so substantial that elephants walk over themhabitants are mostly Kayah (Karenni). Myanmar's largest hydropower plant built (by the Japanese as war reparation) is located about 20 km east of Loikaw at Lawpita Falls.

 

Extraordinary Kyet Cave

The famous Kyet cave, located between Loikaw and Shadaw in Kayah State, has been announced as a national reserve area, according to Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. The conservation area will compass 166 acres in total and includes the Kyet Cave, situated nine miles away from Loikaw, the capital of Kayah State. The 1700 foot-deep cave is said to host evil spirits and ghosts that are able to bestow miracles as well as evil spells. The cave is also called "Yarsu Ku" (Yarsu means gunpowder and Ku means hole) as people used to use bat-droppings found there to produce gunpowder for fireworks. "Kyat Cave which is famous in Kayah State is now well-known. Foreigners and people from across the country are come to visit the cave. That’s why we announced it as national reserve to preserve such a famous place," said Koe Yae, Minister of Social for Kayah State. The state government has organised a committee to implement undertakings such as paving the road that leads to the cave, building shelter place for travellers as well as installing lighting and supplying water. Kayah State is now mostly open for visitors although certain areas are still largely out of bounds as a ceasefire is kept in place between the government and ethnic armed groups.

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