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Top Choice Burmese in Myitkyina

Jing Hpaw Thu

Be sure to head out to this attractive riverside restaurant, considered the top spot for real Kachin food. The specialities here are superb, tangy dried beef with a spicy dipping sauce, as well as the fish dishes an…
Buddhist Temple in Indawgyi Lake

Shwe Myitsu Paya

The mystical Shwe Myitsu Paya, on an island off Nam Tay village, seems to float on the surface of the lake. The central, gilded stupa was constructed in 1869 to enshrine Buddha relics transported here from Yangon. I…
Archaeological Site in Shwebo

Hanlin Archaeological Zone

The 32 excavation sites here date back to the Pyu era (4th to 9th centuries AD). The sites rise above Hanlin village and survey the plains for a surprising distance; archaeologists have found large, low sections of …
Buddhist Monastery in Shwegu

Shwe Baw Kyune

At first glance this monastery looks 20th-century. Historians, though, say it was built in the 13th century, while monastic fables suggest it was founded two millennia ago when an Indian prince turned up with seven …
Workshop in Kyaukmyaung

Pottery Workshops

The pottery district stretches a mile south of town beyond the Ayeyarwady bridge site. A block or two inland, several ‘factories’ are housed in bamboo-thatched barns, which shelter as many as 60 potters working at h…
Buddhist Temple in Bhamo

Shwe Kyina Paya

About 3 miles north of town, beyond the military enclave, the historic Shwe Kyina Pagoda has two gold-topped stupas and marks the site of the 5th-century Shan city of Sampanago (Bhamo Myo Haung, Old Bhamo). Almost n…
Cultural in Myitkyina

Lisu New Year

Started in 2011, this big three-day bash unites Lisu folks from all across Kachin State and Xishuangbanna (China) in a very colourful, if comfortably slow-moving fair. The event is entirely untouristy, unless you co…
Cultural in Myitkyina

Manao Festival

Originally a way to propitiate the local nat, this is now a nationally important gathering of the six Kachin tribes for feasting and costumed dances. It's performed in Manao park (north of centre), where the large N…
Market in Myitkyina

Produce Market

This riverside market specialises in colourful heaps of Chinese fruit and local vegetables. Many of the latter arrive by canoe and are then lugged up the rear stairway on shoulder poles. At dawn this creates an unfo…
Area in Shwebo

Old City Moat

During its 18th-century heyday, the palace was at the heart of an enormous walled city. The walls are now almost entirely gone, but some parts of the wide moat are well preserved. The most attractive is the section …