Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, is an important trade centre between China and Myanmar. It is the northern most railway terminal, 1471km from Yangon and 779km from Mandalay. It lies on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and 40km away from Myit-sone(the confluence of Maykha and Malikha Streams). Ayeyarwaddy River, the most useful river in Myanmar has its source from this confluence and flows 2120km to the mouth of the river. The water over here is crystal clear. The panoramic view of the scenario at MyitSone with the unspoiled beauty of nature is beyond the expression of words and will definitely be a fine attraction to tourists. For mountaineering enthusiasts, expeditions to Mt.Khakaborazi, the highest point in Myanmar at 5889m and climbed for the first time only in 1996, would be an adventure.Different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs dialects, dances and lifestyles. The Manaw Festival is very famous in it. Myitkyina can be reached by air from Yangon, which takes2.5 hours.
Putao is another town in Kachin State surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is cool the whole year round and there are many varieties of citrus fruits grown in the orchards. Flowing streams and rivulets, straw-roofed houses and fences of pebbles and creek stones provide a pleasant, pastoral contrast to the scenes and sights of modern cities. The suspension bridges are the typical river crossing in this region. People of the Rawan, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Jingphaw and Kachin are represented in the region. It is the nearest town to the base camp for climbing Mt. Khakhaborazi(5889m), which is the highest mountain in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia. Putao is the starting point for Myanmar’s most adventurous trekking adventures. It can be reached from Myitkyina by air about 30mins.