Bhamo is a city in Kachin State, Northern Myanmar.
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There are a few flights to Bhamo from Mandalay and/or Yangon, as well as Myitkyina.
Several vans connect Myitkyina to Bhamo. For more comfort there is a bus departing Myitkyina at 8am. It takes around 6 to 7 hours and the ticket is 12000 kyats (as of Dec 2010).
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 (9 US$ as of Jan 2013). There are no longer any fast boats to Katha that takes foreigners, but 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
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).
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The Friendship Hotel has decent rooms with shared bathrooms for 7 US$ and larger rooms with bathrooms for 25 US$ (higher rates for double rooms). 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.
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