The national capital Naypyidaw is situated 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Loikaw.
Holidaying in this popular part of Burma/Myanmar should be an adventure, so why don't you jump in the car and explore some of the other charming destinations dotted around Loikaw.
Burma/Myanmar has been graced with some significant monasteries, sure to move both atheists and believers. The best places for tourists to visit when they first arrive in a new town are the ones that provide a window into the culture. Don't skip Burma/Myanmar's art galleries, craft workshops and history museums.
Watersports are a popular pastime here. Take the opportunity to go scuba diving or rafting; this area has some perfect areas for it.
Sampling the food eaten by locals is often about more than just filling your stomach. It is also a way of understanding places and people's lives. Cooks in this area regularly include ngapi (fermented seafood) and a thoke (salads) in the food they cook. There are plenty of popular meals locally. Taste tea leaf salad or shan-style rice (fish rice). Finish with halawa (sticky rice, butter and coconut), a local dessert. To wrap up your dining experience, order black tea. It is a popular drink here.
If you intend on traveling by air, it's handy to remember that the closest major airport is Mae Hong Son Airport, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the southeast of Loikaw.