Loikaw | First Class
One of the least visited and remote, yet most picturesque destinations in Myanmar, Loikaw is surrounded by scenic beauty and home to fascinating ethnic minority groups. Until 2012 Kayah State was closed for foreign visitors and even today special permits are needed to visit the more remote villages. As you would expect, accommodation choice is limited but a hands-down favourite with the Selective Asia team is Loikaw Lodge.
This charming, family owned property features twelve large rooms, each with a balcony or terrace. The teak furnishings are locally made, as are the hand-woven tribal fabrics that add a splash of colour to the neutral décor. There are no TVs in the rooms but a concession to western comforts in the form of air-conditioning, wi-fi access and modern en-suite bathrooms. Deluxe rooms are notably larger than the Superior rooms; and the Kayaw Suites, with one double & one single bed, are a good option for families.
The level of hospitality is exceptional: nothing is too much trouble and staff are only too happy to offer useful information and advice about the region. Also worthy of note is the food (which is probably influenced by the German co-owner). The in-house cafe offers a choice of delicious Italian-style food alongside more traditional Burmese dishes using fresh ingredients bought daily from the market, and a decent wine list considering the remoteness of the location.
We SayOwner Jens is a photographer whose specialism is the tattooed ladies of Chin State. The corridors of Loikaw Lodge effectively double up as a gallery for his stunning work.
377 U Ni Street, Nyaung Ya (A) Quarter, Loikaw
- Your Accommodation
- 12 Rooms & suites
- First class room amenities
- Eating & Drinking
- Café offering international & Burmese cuisine