Katha is the last city of the Kachin State and it was included in Sagaing Division in 1962 when U Ne Win coup the Democratic Government of the Union of Burma (Now Union of Myanmar).
Katha has no train station. But the train arrives to Naba and from there a Tuktuk or bus brings you to Katha. The shared Tuktuk is around 2000 Kyat. The bumpy ride takes around 1 hour.
Katha can be reached by boat from Bhamo or Mandalay.
- visit The George Orwell House, as well as the British Club, all of which are described in Burmese Days. The Fire Station has two bells from old Irrawaddy river boats scuttled before the Japanese invasion.
- Sein Restaurant, Conveniently right next to Ayarwaddy Guest House this friendly Chinese restaurant makes some the best food on the river. There is an English menu but no prices everything is within 1500-4000 kyat. Wide range of options, soup included with all meals. 8.30am - 10.30pm.
- Ayarwaddy Guest House, Located on the river immediately opposite the fast boat terminal. Friendly English speaking owner offers simple but clean fan rooms for 8000 kyat. Cold showers and clean squat toilets. Request a riverside room for more air and light.