Last untouched jungles, alpine forests, snow capped Himalayan mountains, wild rivers, wildlife sanctuaries and sparsely populated wildernesses await adventurers in the Northern Myanmar. There is not a whole lot of development, roads or services available yet. Putao is accessible by air and serves as a base camp for expeditions and treks to the northern most Myanmar territory peaks including South East Asia’s highest mountain Mt Hkakaborazi 5887m.
Myitkyina capital of Kachin state is known for its annual Manao festival held in January. South of Myitkyina located Bhamo is a popular access point for cruises on the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) river that visit some of the off the beaten trails destinations in Myanmar such Katha where George Orwell was posted during his tenure in Burma.
Some other points of interest in the Northern Myanmar are recently opened for tourism the Ruby town of Mogok, known for producing some highest quality “pigeon blood” rubies in the world. For trekking enthusiasts previous Shan kingdom, Hsipaw and its surroundings in the Northern Shan State offers pleasant village treks and home stays and some history of Shan.
Destinations in Northern Myanmar
Bordered by Yunnan, China, Lashio was important trading post for the British who built the famed Burma Road during WWI and continues to be important with trade routes to Mandalay today. Highlights include beautiful views of the Shan Plateau, natural hot springs, waterfalls, minorities villages, cycling and trekking.
Mogok or Moegote as it is often called by the locals is a charming city nestled in a green mountain valley 200km/ 5hr drive north of Mandalay. Mogok and other villages in the region have been famous since ancient times for their precious gem stones, the finest rubies in the world are found in the Mogok belt area.
Myitkyina is the capital city of Kachin State in Myanmar (Burma), located 1,480 kilometers (920 mi) from Yangon, and 785 kilometers (488 mi) from Mandalay. In Burmese it means "Near The Big River", and Myitkyina is on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River, just below 40 kilometers (25 mi) from Myit-Son (Burmese for confluence) of its two head streams (the Mali and N'mai rivers). It is the northernmost river port and railway terminus in Myanmar.
Putao is one of the last untouched Himalayan paradises with towering, snow-capped mountains and dramatic valleys cut through by white water rapids. Bordered by China, Tibet and India, the town is located at similar latitude as Bhutan and situated 1,499ft/457m above sea level.