Bhamo

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Bhamo is a city in Kachin State, Northern Myanmar.

Get in[edit]

As of January 2016, there are only two ways to reach Bhamo: by flight from Mandalay or by boat (upstream) from Katha. Foreigners are not permitted to travel on the road between Myikyina and Bhamo, and the boat between Myikyina and Bhamo is also not available to foreigners.

Several vans connect Myitkyina to Bhamo that locals can take (10,000 kyats). There is also a (more comfortable) bus departing Myitkyina at 8am. It takes around 6 to 7 hours and the ticket is 12000 kyats (as of Dec 2010).

FOR LOCALS ONLY: Boats to and from Mandalay take between 2 and 3 days, depending on the boat and the season (faster during the wet season when water levels are high). A ticket for a shared cabin in the govenment IWT ferry (two beds) is 54 US$ per person (as of Jan 2013). You can choose to sleep on the deck, which is much cheaper (12 US$ as of Dec 2013). The fast boats to Katha that used to take foreigners wouldn't do so any more as of Jan 2016 but now will do so again (Feb. 2016) The price is 12,000 kyat for foreigners (but you get 2 seats). The price is 6000 kyat for locals. The fast boat takes around 8 hours. It leaves in front of the Ayawady Guesthouse at 9 o'clock daily. Or you can choose between a privately owned ferry (15 US$) or the IWT ferry (ca 5US$) as of Jan 2013. The former tends to be more accurate on departure times. Both take around 12 hours.

Get around[edit]

Bhamo is small enough to walk around. To get to the ferry terminal you'll probably have to take a taxi (around 2000k per person).

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Bamboo Bridge. can be found around 4km to the north of the actual town in an area called old Bhamo. The bridge has to be rebuild every year after the rain season. It is fully build out of bamboo.  edit
  • The Shwekyinar Pagoda. is about 3 miles north to the town centre and is near the junction of Ayeyarwady River and Tar Pein River. It is the emblem of 5th-century Shan city of Sampanago (Bhamo Myo Haung, Old Bhamo). It can be reached by taxi, motorized tri-shaw (locally called tot-tot) or by bicycle.  edit
  • The Theindawgyi Pagoda. is in the heart of Bhamo.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Sky Restaurant

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Friendship Hotel. has decent rooms with shared or private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is included. They also give out bags with water and some food and a map of Bagan and Mandalay when you depart. There is a guest house next to the bus station. The hostel is owned by the goverment 7 US$ and larger rooms with bathrooms for 25 US$.  edit
  • The Paradise Hostel. has clean and new rooms with AC. A breakfast is included. Next to the hostel is a restaurant with the same name. The breakfast is there. 30 US$ for double room with bathroom and 15 US$ for single room. Single room with shared bathroom for 7000 Kyats.  edit
  • Grand Hotel.  edit

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