Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 17, 2013 5:43 AM Last Post By: Giora
Mar 8, 2013 9:38 PM
Mar 9, 2013 12:33 AM
1Did it in 2011. Am under the impression that you Can NOT take a bus or boat to Bhamo from Myitkyina at the moment. ( but ask when in Burma) If it's the Boat ride down to Mandalay you'r after , then try flying to Bhamo, then hop on boat. Do stop a night or 2 in Katha. well worth it. Bhamo pleasant town as well!
Mar 9, 2013 4:49 AM
2i also did it couple of years back you can fly to myiktina but cannot get to Bhamo whilst the govt is killing the kachin there. so as said maybe fly to Bhamo only other problem si river levels so low you may end up stranded on sandbank so be prepared as 3 day journey might take all your time in Myanmar . maybe head mandalay to Katha and stop there and boat ride down to mandalay from there . It was here George orwell writes about in Burmese days. $1 or $2 photocopy
Mar 9, 2013 8:40 AM
Mar 9, 2013 4:44 PM
4Myitkyina is open to tourists, or was quite recently....I was there in mid-January fo several days....it is no problem to fly to/from Myitkyina but you wont get anywhere out of town....when I was there the Burmese army were using planes to attack Kachin areas not far from the town...
as above...if you wanna do the boat trip you will have to fly to Bhamo and head downriver from there...
Mar 11, 2013 2:53 AM
Mar 17, 2013 5:43 AM
I was in Myitkyina a few days ago. The overland routes from Myitkyina to Bhamo are CLOSED to foreigners at the moment. As best as I could tell, the road is actually closed completely to everyone except for the army, while Chinese goods are still being brought up the river though foreigners aren't allowed on the boats. Whatever the case, you certainly can't travel overland from Myitkyina to Bhamo.
Unless you want to fly (there are flights to both Mandalay and Bhamo), the only way in and out is by train. Foreigners are still allowed on government-operated slow boats on the river along the entire Mandalay-Bhamo stretch. Boats leave roughly every 2 days, and the last boat which made this trip took 4 days downriver (from Bhamo). I've had mixed information on whether or not foreigners are allowed on the speedier fast boats along the river: the ticket counter in Katha seemed happy enough to sell me a ticket, though another tourist I met told me that he was strictly forbidden to take a fast boat from Mandalay heading north to Katha.
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