North Myanmar TravelNordburma Travel
North Myanmar Travel
Rough and isolated north of Myanmar provides a intriguing blend of races from indigenous minorities and the opportunity to travel through some of the least frequented areas of the state. From Mandalay you quickly climb into the UK capitol Pyin Oo Lwin and then drive over the Shan Plateau to Lashio.
Crunchy nights are a great relieve from the hot summer nights, while walks lead to the ancient towns of Palaung and Shan Hills. You can also take a trip along the powerful Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, with a stopover in Katha, the scene of George Orwell's Burmese Days. The seldom seen, snow-capped summits of the Himalayas in Myanmar are far beyond Myitkyina, where hiking and whitewater canoeing start around Putao.
Shan, Kachin and northeast Myanmar
Kachin, Myanmar's most northern state, has by far the highest peaks in Southeast Asia (Hkakabo Razi at 5,881m) and is for the most part a secluded area. The Indawgyi Lake is the biggest lake in Myanmar and a natural wonder. A large part of the Kachin state is profoundly religious, and the Kachin tribe is proud of its civilization and has long struggled for independence from Burma's mainframes.
Part of Kachin state remains a zone of conflicts and is currently inaccessible, especially in the northeast along the China frontier. In other parts of North Myanmar you will find the tranquil and characteristic river city of Katha, where George Orwell was based and which inspire him to create Burmese Heritage.
The Shan State forms most of Myanmar's east part and is Myanmar's biggest state. There are some parts towards Laos and the border with China that are not accessible to visitors from abroad, but the area still boasts a plethora of scenic and intriguing places to visit. From Lashio and Hsipaw to Mandalay, the Shan River hill trail crosses the imposing Gokteik viaduct and is one of Asia's major rail travels; there are also a number of walks in the area, especially around Hsipaw and Kyaukme.
One of Myanmar's most beautiful and famous celebrations, the annual hot-air ballooning event takes place in November in Taunggyi (the Shan state capital). Please be aware that there is a dedicated section for Inle Lake and Mountain hiking in Kalaw.