Myitkyina is the capital and centrally located in the Kachin State. It is the northern most railway terminal, 919 miles from Yangon and 487 miles from Mandalay. Different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs, dialects, dances and lifestyles. The glittering costumes with silver trinkets of the charming Kachin belles would be an enchanting sight. For souvenir the Kachin woollen bag with silver trinkets would be a memorable gift. At the edge of the town, by the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy, gold panning and mining goes on day and night. There are two bazaars in downtown Myitkyina, bazaar no.1 and no.2. At the market there are many kinds of delicious foods such as Chinese noodle, rice noodle, wan tofu, pan thae noodle, and Burmese sticky rice. Ayeyarwaddy river is the place where many people go to swim and take a bath. The water is crystal clear. The river is also the place to walk about in the evening.
Myit Sone (Confluence)
Ayeyarwady, the most useful river in Myanmar has its source from this confluence and flows 1325 miles to Bay of Bangal. The Ayeyarwaddy river originates from the confluence of two large rivers, the "Nmai Hka" and the "Mali Hka". join at 27 nautical miles north of Myitkyina to form the Ayeyarwaddy. The confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy is called "Myit-Sone" in Myanmar. Myit-sone area is so beautiful and scenic that it attracts many people to come and enjoy its natural beauty. There is another place called "Myit Sone Lay", which means smaller Myit Sone, located about seven miles from downtown Myitkyina. Because it is closer than Myit Sone, many people often visit there to have picnic.
Myitkyina - Mandalay Train
Traveling by train especially in Myitkyina - Mandalay route is a very exciting experience. Train is the most popular way of traveling in Myitkyina. It takes about 24 ~ 27 hours from Myitkyina to Mandalay. When you take a train, you should expect delay and long wait at some stations. Along the route, you can see beautiful scenery of Kachin State, mountain, forests, varieties of tree, farms, water falls, streams, and wild animals.
Bhamo is the north most town one can travel by river. Bahmo is situated 364 feet above sea level. It is a small town which draws of Lisu, Kachin and Shan participants from the surrounding tribes to the daily market. Of particular interest are the overgrown city walls of Sampanago, an old Shan Kingdom, a 5 km east of the town. Unique idea about this destination is of boat trip from Mandalay stopping at towns and villages along the way. The beautiful defile on the Ayeyarwaddy river make this trip more interesting. The cruising time of the luxury ferry is about 36 hours to Bahmo and 24 hours return. As it has long been a door to China, it has become a trading center in the region with markets selling local products and farm produce, where the different indigenous tribes come together for trading their own.