Northern Myanmar TravelNorthern Myanmar Travel
At the moment the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all trips to Putao in Northern Burma.
destinations in Northern Burma, Myanmar (Burma)
To get away from the hustle and bustle of Mandalay, do what the British colonialists did and come to Pyin Oo Lwin. If you' ve come this far, why not drive further over the gentle Shan Plateau to explore some of the most beautiful mountain tours in Southeast Asia from Hsipaw?
Pyin Oo Lwin (????????????) was established in 1896 by the British and was initially named Maymyo ('May-town'), after Colonel May of the Fifth Bengali Infantry, and was created as a place to get away from the Mandalay heats. Like a giant phython ian snake, the powerful Ayeyarwady River meanders through the Kachin state and represents the major transportation path between a number of softly interesting harbor cities, remote communities and goldfields.
More and more expatriates find their way to the charming Hsipaw (?????; pronounced'see-paw' or'tee-bor'), attracted by the opportunities of easy mountain tours that are more authentically than those around Kalaw or anywhere in northern Thailand. Kachin's federal city, Myitkyina (??????????????), does not have much to offer.
Nevertheless, it is an enchanting, multi-cultural place, home to Kachin, Lisu, China and Burma and hosts two of Myanmar?s most important "ethnic" festival. Lazhio (????????; pronounced'lar-show') is a thriving and expanding city with a significant local people. The closest way to the Hsipaw is to get to the Hsipaw International Airports, or if you have arranged the necessary permissions for the five-hour trip to the China frontier at Mu-se.
Aung Zeya, head of the small Moksobo community, enlivened Burma's reputation between 1752 and 1755 by combating Manipuri and Bago-Mon troops. Bhamo (?????????;'ba-more'; Banmaw) was a stop on the trip on the riverbank to Myitkyina or Mandalay. But since the trip up to the Myitkyina is not allowed at the moment, it has rather dropped off the road in the last years.
One of Myanmar's more relaxing and appealing cities is waiting to be discovered if you make it here. For a long time the ruby mine city of Mogok has been banned for aliens, but now it is open to the public with the necessary permissions. The ruby market is an important junction for the ruby industry, with 90% of the world's ruby from Myanmar, Mogok and the area.
Kyaukme (??????????) is a low, busy city with a touch of colorful monastic buildings, surrounded by monastic mounds, each within 15 min walking distance over sheltered, rocky stairs. Walking in the Shan and Palaung mountain towns is the major tourist attractions. Literary and boating enthusiasts will love the small but vibrant seaport of Katha (???), the venue for George Orwell's Burmese Festival.
There is a nice stop from the IWT boat and there is a train connection to Mandalay when you are tired of taking the river. Each year, only a few travelers leap onto the historical Shwegu (?????), a long band of townships that runs for 3 mile along the Ayeyarwady River south shore.
Myanmar's vast northern Himalayas is one of the least known "last frontiers" in the run. Kyaukmyaung is the last large IWT offshore station (????????????????, pronounced'Chao-miao'), known for its unmistakable vitreous ceramics. Namhsan, high in the Shan Hills, is an impressive, scrambly city overlooking a ocean of rugged mountains and diving gorges.
City dwellers are a captivating blend of Golden Palaung, Shan and Burmese, as well as some Chinese from the near province of Yunnan.