HOW TO GET THERE:
Take a flight
from Yangon and Mandalay to Myitkyina, there are also
daily trains via Kathar to Myitkyina (appr. 24 hours),
or you can take a boot the Ayeyarwaddy River up to Bhamo,
or you can also travel by car from Mandalay via Lasio
and Muse to Bhamo (2 days with an overnight stop at
The capital which is centrally located in the Kachin
State is the Northern most railway terminal and 919
miles from Yangon and 487 miles from Mandalay. Visitors
can tour the Myit Sone, the confluence of Maikha and
Malikha Streams. Ayeyarwady, the most useful river in
Myanmar has its source from this confluence and flows
1,325 miles to the mouth of the river. The water over
here is crystal clear.
The panoramic view of the
scenario at Myit Sone with the unspoiled beauty of
nature is beyond the expression of words and will
definitely be a fine attraction to tourists. Different
tribes of national races live in harmony with their own
cultures, customs, dialects, dances and lifestyles.
About 25 miles to the north of the town, is some of
Myanmar's most beautiful and important natural beauty
spots, in the cradle of the Ayeyarwaddy, where Maykha
and Malikha rivers meet, usually called the Myit-son.
2 1/2hours South of Myitkyina you will find the largest inland
lake of Southeast Asia with its 8 miles East to West, and 15
miles North to South - and over 20 villages are located around
the lake. The predominant ethnic groups are: the Shan and the
Kachin, whom mainly practice agriculture. Indawgyi Lake is
within the confines of Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary,
established in 1999 by the Ministry of Ecotourism. The
sanctuary, which is 300 square miles, contains a variety of
animal species, including rare mammals and birds.
Situated in the north of Myitkyina, can only be reached by air
from Yangon, Mandalay or Myitkyina. The city is surrounded with
snow peaked mountains and the weather is cold around the year.
Flora and Fauna can be seen in the forest around Putao. There
are also many different ethnic minority tribes in Kachin state.
It is the nearest town to the base camp for Climbing Mt.
Khakhaborazi (5889 metres), which is the highest mountain in
Myanmar and in Southeast Asia. Putao is the starting point for
Myanmar's most adventurous trekking adventures bathing
are the typical river crossing in this region. People of the
Rawan, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Jingphaw and Kachin are represented in
the region. This area is famous for its Nature of originated
Flora, especially there are many various kinds of orchids and
even the world rarest Black orchids can be found in this area.
And for fauna, one of the rarest animal species, Takin (Budorcas
Taxicolor), Red Panda (Ailurus Fulgens), Black Bears, Black
Deer, are all endemic to this region.Various kinds of
Butterflies can be seen in this area on the month of January.
The Butterflies including such as an endangered species can be
found, among them are Kaiser, Apollo, Bhutan, Glory and
Birdwings. January and April are the best months to see
the butterflies, flowers and orchids in the icy forest -
Located 186 km south from the capital of Myitkyina, on
the Ayeyarwady River is the nearest river port to
the Chinese border. The population is a mix of Chinese
and Shan, with Kachin peoples in the hills around the
town. Bhamo was once called Sampanago, and was the
capital of a now-extinct Shan kingdom of Manmaw. The
ruins of the old city walls still exist, some 5 km from the modern town.
Thein Dawgyi Paya