Welcome to Northern Myanmar
Rugged and remote, northern Myanmar offers a fascinating mix of ethnic-minority peoples and the prospect of travel through some of the least-visited areas of the country. While much of this vast region remains off limits, two main routes are accessible. One climbs rapidly from Mandalay to the British-era summer capital of Pyin Oo Lwin and then continues across the rolling Shan Plateau to Lashio. The crisp evenings are a great relief from the heat of the plains, while hikes take visitors into timeless Palaung and Shan hill villages. Another option is taking a ride along the mighty Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, stopping off at Katha, the setting of George Orwell’s Burmese Days. The lazy, meandering journey provides great opportunities for genuine interaction with the locals.
Far beyond Myitkyina lie the rarely seen, snow-capped peaks of Myanmar's Himalayas, where trekking and white-water rafting are taking off around Putao.