Northern parts of Myanmar
Kachin state, which is located in the extreme north of Myanmar lie between the upper region of the Ayeyarwady and the Chindwin river. Kachin State is featured basically with the plain mountain ranges and a lot of summits, big tree forests, cool clear brooks all silence. It s approximate area is 34,379 square miles. Being on an average of 3,000 ft above sea level, the eastern portion of Kachin sSate possesses the couching of Inmaikha and the Malika, the two tributaries to form the Ayeyawady river .The largest natural lake in Myanmar named Inndawgyi, 40 miles long, 70 miles broad lie on the upper region of the Moekaung river in this lake. Myitkyina is the capital of Kachin State. The Kachins, the Shans, Azis , Mine Thars, Liphaws etc are the nationalities living in Kachin State.Kachins who are one of the union nationalities have seven ethnic branches whose traditional dances are different to each other. There are five dances of Manaw dance performed auspicious occasions. Lawaw San Waysan dance performed for the occasion of celebrating World victory and Sum wat, Junpaw is a traditional dance performed by Lachees of Kachin nationalities are famous.
Myitkyina is the capital of Kachin State which produces the best jadeite in the world. It is situated in the northern part of Myanmar. It is a hill station, cool and pleasant all the year round. One of the best times to visit Myitkyina is in January when the Manao Festival is celebrated every year on 10th January the Kachin State Day, is celebrated. The Manao Festival showcases unique costumes, dance san ceremonies of the 7 tribal subgroups. There are direct air-links connecting from Yangon and Mandalay. Flights from Yangon to Myitkyina take about two or half-hours (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun). Flight from Mandalay to Myitkyina takes about one hour and 5 minutes. Regular express train runs across the countryside’s, which takes about hours from Yangon and hours from Mandalay.
Puta-O, which 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. It is cool the whole year round and there are many varieties of citrus fruits grown in the orchards. Getting there; domestic direct flight from Yangon to Puta-O takes about three hours and 40 minutes via Mandalay, Myitkyina. From Mandalay to Putao only two hours by flight. Flight days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Myit sone in Myanmar means the confluence which here implies that of Mekha and Malikha rivers, which join to become the famous Ayeyawaddy River, where you can have nice view and good breeze. The place itself is scenic and has long been a favorite site of visit for the Myanmar people.
Indawgyi Lake is the largest natural lake in Myanmar. This is naturally, formed Lake which is quite interesting. It is stretching 24 km between its farthest points and 12 km across, is located 178 km southwest of Myitkyina. It takes 4 hours drive from Myintkyina. In the middle of the lake dwells the Shwe Myint Zu Pagoda, believed to have enshrined the holy relics of the Buddha. The Lake is dotted with some 20 villages comprising clusters of houses standing on stilts along the shores.