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Bungtla Waterfall

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Bungtla Waterfall

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Bungtla Waterfall

Bungtla, is located in Chin State Myanmar, a spectacular cascading waterfall standing in majestic isolation.

The best mode of transport with which to reach the waterfall is a motorbike taxi from Matupi, because there is no bridge for cars to cross Bon Laung creek, which is six miles from the waterfall.

Hti Saung is around ten miles from Matupi—from just beyond the village, the upper tiers of the waterfall are visible.

Two miles past the village, a path leads to the waterfall. Though it would be possible to widen the path so that cars are able to use it, locals are opposed to building a road, and insist on taking a two-mile walk to the waterfall.

The path leading to the waterfall is relatively smooth, and lined with shade trees.

One mile into the walk, the sound of water falling becomes apparent—greetings from Bungtla, which waits at the end of the woodland path.

On the stone walls beside the falls, there are bee hives as large as two feet in diameter, while rare flowers bloom on the upper tiers. Of its nine tiers, people can only climb to the fifth. Locals say no one has reached the four upper tiers because it is so steep.

Local ethnic Chin communities view Bungtla as more than a recreation site, describing it as part of their God-given national heritage, the way those in Chin State’s Falam, Hakha, Tedim and Tonzang refer to the heart-shaped Reed Lake. In Matupi, the town hall is even named Bungtla, after the waterfall.

Bungtla is accessible from two motorways that run to Matupi from Magwe Division.

The road to Bungtla is relatively smooth, but there are no eateries or public restrooms along the road from Matupi to the waterfall, and the motorbike path from Hti Saung village to the waterfall is quite rough.

The name of the waterfall in this article was corrected from the Burmese spelling Bon To La to the Chin spelling Bungtla.