State-Division (Kaya State)

kayha stateThe Capital of Kayah State is Loikaw sharing border with Thailand.

It has an area of 11597 sq-km, and the population is over 0.25 million.

This state is also know as Kayinni (Red Kayin) state.

The Hydro-power plants was provided by Japanese Government as the Second World War II compensation.

This particular state is the most highlight destination for all the people near and far, because it is the birth place of the Padaung tribal, or the Kayan tribal, or (Long neck women).

Sometimes the foreigners called them as Giraffe women, but is not the polite expression to these people.


Kayah State has a primarily extraction-based economy. The main crop is rice, mostly irrigated, with other important crops including millet, maize, sesame, groundnut, garlic, and vegetables. Mineral products include alabaster, tin, and tungsten. Valuable woods such as teak and pine were once produced, but the forests have largely been stripped bare by illegal logging. The hydroelectric power plant at Lawpita Falls outside of Loikaw is of strategic importance, as it supplies over 20% of Myanmar's total electrical power.

Kayah State has theoretical tourist potential, if the political situation is resolved. The state has rugged mountains, river streams, lakes and waterfalls; however, transport and communication are difficult. At present, Kayah State is open to outsiders by permit only, which can be difficult to obtain depending on the current military situation. Even with a permit, usually only a 25 km radius around Loikaw is allowed. The central government effectively controls only Loikaw and parts of the western half of the state.


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