Pa-O villages are situated around Inlay Lake. Some places such as Hti Ne, Inne, Loi Hkaw and Kakku will offer pleasant experiences not only to tourists but to Myanmar people as it is also possible to visit Kakku Pagoda by boat. All the CIT villages are situated over 4000 ft above sea level.
The villages are picturesque with typical Pa-O wooden houses and roads framed by colourful flowers and fences built of bamboo. There are no dogs or pigs in the villages; only livestock like cattle, buffaloes, and horses. These are well kept in compounds near the houses. Their dung is used in the farms as fertilizer meaning that all the crops they grow are organic. Because the villages are located in a mountain region the weather is enjoyable and the environment peaceful and quiet.
Let us invite you all to feel and experience the traditional ways of life of Shan, Pa-O and Intha ethnic groups.
Metaphorically the mean of the name of Kakku village would translate into “with the help from the pig”. According to the founding ledged of the Kakku pagodas it was a pig that dug up a treasure from the ground covered by bushes. This allowed the population to start building the pagodas while improving their living conditions at the same time. The ancient pagoda complex known as Mwe Daw Kakku, measures about 1 sq-km and contains 2478 pagodas clustered in a small valley surrounded by thick wood and lush meadows. Recently Kakku was rediscovered as a pilgrimage site. It lies about 40 km south of Taunggyi. The Kakku population is made of both Shan and Pa-O ethnic groups. Members of each of the ethnic group are bilingual and can speak the other group’s language as well.
Hti Ne village is situated on a mountain peak, with all population belonging to the Pa-O ethnic group. The name of the village comes from a special type of tree called “Ne” and a water source on the mountain slope, with water meaning “Hti”. The location of the village provided an extraordinary view on both the western and eastern side of the mountain. So there is a chance for viewing breathtaking sunsets with Inle lake in the distance. There is a cave nearby the village on each side of the mountain.
The name of the village of Inne comes from as small pond with characteristically colored water in red and yellow. The village is located on the western slope of the Yanaung mountain range. It is a small village with little over 100 households and a population of about 500. All population in the village belongs to the Pa-O ethnic group. The village monastery is built on a hill between the northern and southern part of the village. The village has an impressive cliff on its eastern side with a cave nearby. From the cave the villagers sometimes get fertilizer for their gardens from bat droppings.
In the village of LoiHkaw two ethnic groups fill together. The Intha live in the southern part and the Pa-O in the northern part. On the way up the stupa on a mountain overlooking the village there is a cliff with Buddha images that were destroyed during the Japanees occupation but rebuilt later. The mountaintop provides a spectacular view onto Inle lake and the mountain panorama around it.
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