Putao can be reached only by air. A hydro power projected was also constructed near Duk Dang Village by the KIO after cease-fire agreement with the state peace and development council.
Putao is in a restricted area and it is only possible to visit by air and with a permit from MTT. Air Bagan  flies twice a week from Myitkyina. It is possible to join an organized tour to Putao (the travel agency arranges the permits) and it is uncertain whether permits are issued to independent travelers.