Putao & The North
Most of Myanmar’s snow-capped mountains are located within the state of Kachin, Northern Part of Myanmar. Gateway to the Myanmar Himalayas is Putao, which is surrounded by Natural Scenic Beauty and known as the most exciting and the most beautiful part of Myanmar. At an elevation of 402m above sea level, Putao is small and picturesque. During the late British colonial era, a military post called Fort Hertz was based in Putao. By the end of WWII most Westerners used this name instead of Putao – it still appears on some older maps.
The highlands north of Putao are considered one of the most pristine Himalayan environments in Asia and could become a major ecotourism destination. The climate of Putao is cold all year round and snow-covered mountains can be seen from a distance. The mountain ranges close to Putao will soon become icy ones. The groves had turned reddish.
This journey will makes the guests fulfill nests with the natural beauty of icy snow cap mountains, the different ethnic minority tribes in Northern Myanmar, the world rarest Black orchids and the rarest species and so many floras and faunas around the region.
In November-December, it is so cold that water starts to freeze. The ice is about five feet deep in December and January and stays frozen until April or May.
It can only accessible by air from Yangon, Mandalay and Myitkyina.
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Putao - White Water Rafting along Nam Lang River
Commencing October 2006, the nature and adventure loving visitors will have the golden opportunity to experience overnight rafting expeditions on the headwaters of the Ayeyarwaddy River to the north of Putao, as well as a variety of day excursions by raft, kayak, and mountain bike or on foot. This area is situated in the foothill of the Himalayas in the far north of Myanmar, which contains one of the last great areas of subtropical and rainforest in the Himalayas, and is Home to both Lisu and Rawang hill tribes.
Situated beside the Ayeyarwaddy River on the way to Myitkyina, Bhamo is a colorful trading town of river boats with a unique mixture of tribes and near the 5th century ruins of the trading city of Sampanago and hill tribe villages of the Lisu and Kachin people.
Myitkyina is the capital of Kachin State and is set in a broad valley surrounded by the northern hills of Myanmar. This land offers forested hills and beautiful rivers where nature’s trees, fauna and flora abound. Walking and hiking are a very popular way to see the area. We can also visit Indawgyi Lake, jade mines of Hpakant, and Myit-son - the very start of the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River- and we can see a number of hill tribes in the Myitkyina market. Excursions to visit local tribes of mountain villages of Haungpa, Tawmaw & Lone Khin, Indawgyi Lake, Hopin, Hsahmaw, Mogaung, Namti and the World War II Memorial on Mogaung River at Nam Kawn village.
The ruins of Mrauk-U are located up the Kaladan River, about 80 km north of Sittwe, the present day capital of Rakhine State. It was an ancient capital founded by Rakhine King Minzawmun in 1433. Unlike the temples of Bagan, Mrauk-U’s ruins are constructed with stone rather than the traditional bricks in a truly unique style. Explore the “laythu”, tattoo Chin Tribe villages and “Khami” tribe villages reached by river boat from Mrauk U. This is a remote destination for the true explorer.
Mrauk Oo, capital of the Rakhine Kingdom from the 15th to 18th century, is also known as Myo Haung, literally "Old City" in English, was founded in 1433. Mrauk U is an archaeologically important town in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. It lies east of the Kaladan River, and is surrounded by hills in the north and south.
Today, Mrauk U is a major archaeological and tourist site. It is about one and half hour flight from Yangon, and continues with 3-5 hours boat ride from Sittwe. There are a large number of pagodas, temples and religious buildings around Mrauk U, built since its founding in 1431 by Min Saw Mon. Unforgettable beauty of capital’s fascinating excursion gives the long life memories to the clients.
On the northern coast near the Bangladesh border, Sittwe is home to a large Muslim community. Originally built by the British in 1826, the town’s most popular sites include the Payagyi Pagoda, the Rakhine State Cultural Museum, Payamya Monastery and the riverfront market. It’s the best place to buy Arakanese longyis.
Sittwe, the port city of the Rakhine State sits at the mouth of the Kaladan River where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. Sittwe is the port city of Rakhine State and the entrance city to the archaeological site of Mrauk U. People here have the enjoyment of much spicier foods and brighter clothing.
During the monsoon season, July to October, it can rain often and heavily in Sittwe. In the centre of the town, a distinct monument can be seen. It is the Atulamarazein Pyilonechanthar Payagyi. Inside the Pagoda is a large Buddha image with "royal attire" having crown and jewelled chest piece. The Buddhist Museum is also an interesting place to visit in Sittwe. Explore the fishing villages by boat along the Kalatan River to see the rural ways of life.
The Southern Chin Hills
Explore the hill villages of the Myo (Khami) and Thet tribes reached by river boat from Mrauk-U. This is still a remote destination for the true explorer. Special permission is needed for travel into this region.
The Naga are a tribe living in the mountains, valleys, and plains of the most remote places on earth. Their region covers the northwest corner of Myanmar, close to Indian border. In the middle of January every year, Naga New Year Festival was held in one of the townships in their region. Travellers can journey overland by 4WD trucks and river barges to reach the town for the annual festival. At the New Year celebrations, endless cup of rice wine are drunk, bison and wild boar meat roasted and eaten; tribal dances performed with loud drums.
Mt. Victoria & Mindat
Mt. Victoria (elevation 10,200 ft) is situated in the Chin Hills which forms a southward extension of the Himalayas into Southeast Asia. Mt. Victoria is also known as Natmataung. It is the highest peak in the Lower Half of Myanmar. Mindat is a small town at the base of Mt. Victoria and has simple accommodation. Besides mountaineering this is the best place for hiking to nearby villages to see the local life and bird watching. The true heart of traditional Chin culture is found in the Mindat region. In this area, Chin ethnic tribes with tattooed faces can be observed in nearby tribal villages around Mt. Victoria.