Indawgyi Lake Adventure

Extension tour from Mandalay!

Mandalay-Myitkyina-Indawgyi Lake-Myitkyina-Mandalay

Explore Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State and Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the best adventure trips in Myanmar!

Day 1, Mandalay - Myitkyina by morning flight -/L/D    (Air Bagan Tue, Sun)

kachin-01In the morning transfer from your Hotel to Mandalay Airport for your domestic flight to Myitkyina. Upon arrival, transfer to your Hotel in Myitkyina. Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, is located in the Ayeyarwaddy plain and surrounded by high mountain ranges. Upon arrival, transfer to your Hotel. Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State is populated by Kachin, Bamar, Shan, Chin, Naga, Lisu people. Myitkyina (only 144 m above sea-level) itself has not much to offer, but visits to THETKYA MARAZEIN ANDAWSHIN-PAYA, famous for it’s glass mosaics; and the Kachin-State-Mueseum (closed on Mondays and public holidiays) are suggested.

For sunset, visit to TSU TAUNGPYI ZEDIDAW PAGODA nice located the the river bank. Stay overnight at Hotel in Myitkyina.

“Myitkyina was the major supply centre of the Japanese Army during WW II in northern Burma. The Japanese had already cut off all land access to China; the HUMP route was the only way to get supplies into China…. By capturing Myitkyina, the Allies would remove the Japanese fighter threat to the cargo aircraft flying the Hump. They could then built intermediate airfields along a lower, safer route to China, reducing fuel requirements and increasing payloads. Myitkyina was also on the proposed route of fuel pipelines and the Ledo Road through the Mogaung valley to the Burma Road and China. Recapturing northern Burma would allow their construction and end of Japanese blockade of China….”
Enginers by Glider to Myitkyina, Company A,
879th Engineers- 17. May 1944 By Mark P. Zaitsoff MAJ, EN – USAR (RET)

Day 2, Myitkyina-Myit Sone-Myitkyina B/L/D   (Wed, Mon)

myitsoneAfter breakfast, visit the local market in Myitkyina. Afterwards drive to MYIT SONE approx. 45 km (1-1 ½ hours drive), the origin of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It originates from the confluence of Malihka and Mehka rivers.
Mehka (N’Mai Kha) is a quiet river, while Malihka (Mali Kha) is a wild, foamy river and also in different colour. Before you will reach Myit Sone, stop at U Byit Village to observe people panning gold.
In the afternoon on your way back to Myitkyina drive to “prayer mountain”, for a fantastic panorama view over Myitkyina and the mountains. Proceed to Myitkyina and visit some small Kachin villages around the city. Overnight at Hotel in Myitkyina.

Day 3, Myitkyina-Hopin-Indawgyi Lake B/L/D     (Thu, Tue)

kachin-02After an early breakfast, drive to Indawgyi Lake (approx. 5-7 hrs). En route stop in Hopin, a small town, for a coffee-break in a local tea-shop. Afterwards continue to Indawgyi Lake (2-3 hrs.) on a rough road. On the way after you passed the mountain range, stop in NAMAWUN VILLAGE. Then proceed to INDAWGYI LAKE, stretching 24 km from north to south and 12 km from east to west, it is the largest lake in Myanmar. There are certain villages around the lake area, whose population mostly consists Shan and Shan-Bamar descent. The Indawgyi Region is a place of natural beauty, surrounded by mountain ranges in the east, west and south. Stay overnight at a Guesthouse near Indawgyi lake.

“Indawgyi is a region with a distinguished historical tradition. During World War II a battalion of the Allied Forces under Major Wingate established a detachment as a temporary convalescent camp for his troops at Indawgyi as it was considered a suitably salubrious area. He used two amphibian planes as a shuttle to ferry about 600 wounded who were in critical condition to India from this camp. In addition he had a fleet of power boats on patrol duty for purposes of security as well as for general use. The fleet was large enough for the Japanese military to give it the sobriquet, " Inland Naval Force.”

U Kyaw Win (Culture)
Trans. I)aw Kyi Kyi Hla

Day 4,  Indawgyi Lake B/L/D    (Fri, Wed)

kachin-03After breakfast, you will discover it’s breath-taking natural beauty by boat. Visit SHWE MYITZU island pagoda with relics of Buddha. People believe in the super-stitious power of the pagoda. Before the pagoda was built under the auspices of the monk Sayadaw U Thawbita in 1869, the Lake area remained uninhabited as it was believed to be guarded by bad spirits. After your visit at the Pagoda island on the lake, proceed to the other side of the lake to visit Nyaung Bin Village. If time permit visit CHAUNG WA village to observe different kind of wetland-birds.
In the afternoon return back to your Guesthouse.

Day 5, Indawgyi Lake-Hopin-Myitkyina B/L/D    (Sat, Thu)

kachin-04After breakfast drive to Myitkyina. Visit also the celebration place WUNPAWNG NINGGAWN MANAO WANG, where every year the Manao Festival will be held. Stay overnight at Hotel in Myitkyina.


Day 6, Myitkyina-Mandalay flight B/-/-     (Air Bagan Sun, Fri)

kachin-05After breakfast, transfer to Myitkyina Airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. Transfer to your Hotel. Hotel own arrangement or you book a Hotel in Mandalay through us!


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Photos are taken by U Soe Naing, Maya Heizmann and Michel F. Christen for GMT!

Please note that itinerary is subject to change due to flight schedules or any other circumstances which we can’t foresee at the moment.

Hotels to be used:
Normally check-in after 14:00 check-out latest 12:00


Offer 1

Myitkyina Pantsun Hotel**/* Standard Special View
or Superior room
Indawgyi Lake  Indaw Thar Guesthouse Standard room

Offer incl. Station Wagon to Indawgyi Lake!


Offer 2

Myitkyina Pantsun Hotel**/* Standard Special View
or Superior room
Indawgyi Lake  Indaw Thar Guesthouse Standard room


Please note:
The Guesthouse at Indawgyi Lake is very basic.
Please do not expect any luxury during this trip.
Sometimes no warm water but the guide can arrange boiled water for washing.
Single room can not be guaranteed in this Guesthouse! ***
This Guesthouse got only 3 triple rooms, max. 9 pax only!
This Tour is perfect for visitors who want to experience the real life in Myanmar’s remote area.


Price in US$ per person, valid: 01. Oct 2007-31. Mar 2008

Offer 1 and 2 are based on best conditioned cars available in Myitkyina!

Offer 1:
 Pax US$ per person
 1 1512.- 
Single surcharge *** +30.-
Triple room -10.-


Offer 2: with 4-wheel-drive Car to Indawgyi Lake
 Pax US$ per person
 1 1700.- *
1009.- *
812.- *
885.- **
Single surcharge *** +45.-
Triple room -15.-

*** single and double room at Indawgyi lake can not be guaranteed!


Price includes:

  • Domestic Airfare (Mandalay-Myitkyina, Myitkyina-Mandalay)
  • Hotels, based on twin sharing incl. breakfast
  • English speaking throughout Guide Service; starts and ends in Myitkyina!
  • 1 Airport Transfer in Mandalay
  • Transportation in Myitkyina and surrounding
  • (1-2 pax = Station Wagon or Saloon, 3-4 pax = high-ace Vehicle)
  • Transportation Myitkyina-Indawgyi Lake-Myitkyina (offer 1, 2, 3 or 4)

Offer 1: 1-2 pax = Station Wagon or Saloon, 3-4 pax = high-ace Vehicle
Offer 2: * 1-3 pax = 1 x 4-wheel-drive Car, ** 4 pax = 2 x 4-wheel-drive Cars

  • Entrance fees for Kachin State Museum
  • Lunch and Dinner at local restaurants as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Boat fees as per itinerary on Indawgyi lake
  • 1 Bottle of water per sightseeing day per person
  • refreshment towels
  • Service fees and Government Tax


Price excludes:

  • Accommodation in Mandalay
  • Beverages during meals
  • Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, mini-bar, telephone etc.
  • Any service which is not mentioned above


For more than 4 people, please contact our office for special rates!

Price may change without prior notice due to general increase of Car Rental, Hotel rates and Airfares, which we can’t foresee at the moment.

Check-in at Airport: latest 1 hour before departure for domestic flights

This tour is only recommended from November until March! In November we suggest to go by
4-wheel-drive-car only, as there still might be some rain in Kachin State.

Please do not forget warm clothes, as at night-time it will be cold!

Early bookings are required as there are not many good conditioned cars in Myitkyina and
accommodation at Indawgyi Lake are limited!


Special Tipp:
09.-10. January: Myitkyina will celebrate the Kachin State Day / Manao Festival
The best day to join is the 10th of January. Early bookings are required!
Or you visit during the SHWE MYITZU Pagoda Festival in Februrary/March!
A 10 days Festival, last day is the Fullmoon day of Tabaung!


Flights to / from Myitkyina: 4 times a week!
01.10.2007-30.04.2008 AIR BAGAN

TUE, FRI Mandalay-Myitkyina MDL-MYT W9 251 ETD 08:45 ETA 09:50
tdU, SUN Mandalay-Myitkyina MDL-MYT W9 255 ETD 08:30 ETA 13:15
TUE, FRI Myitkyina-Mandalay MYT-MDL W9 252 ETD 12:10 ETA 09:50
tdU, SUN Myitkyina-Mandalay MYT-MDL W9 256 ETD 09:55 ETA 11:00


You could also go by train from Yangon-Mandalay to Myitkyina!
What about our offer for a private Train Carriage???

Or you continue by car to Bhamo and then by car down the legendary Burma Road or going by boat down to Mandalay???

Or you continue to Puato, closed to the snow-capped mountains in the very north of Myanmar???





Located in Mohnyin Township of Kachin State.


299.32 square miles.

Year of Establishment

Established in 1999.


It has an annual year round raining season with an average 1440 mm rainfall. In summer, average temperature is 27.9'C and in the cold season 17.2'C.


Yangon to Mohnyin 700 miles, Mohnyin to Hopin, 45 miles of all - weather road and Hopin to Lontene village, 27 miles of fair - weather road.


(a) To conserve the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia.

(b) To protec resident water birds, migratory birds and forest dwelling birds.

(c) To conserve Indawgyi watershed area.

(d) to promote ecotourism in the region.


Leopard, golden cat, the malaya sun bear, gaur, banteng or wild cow, serow, goral, sport-billed pelican, vulture, other water birds, 120 species of forest birds Myanmar peacock and Soft-shell turtle are present.


Information about Kachin State

according to Myanmar facts and figures 2002,

“….Kachin State lies between North Latitude 23° 27’ and 28° 25’ Longitude 96° 0’ and 98° 44’….
…. Climate: Kachin State lies in on the north of the line of Topic of Cancer. Hence, the climate of southern par is warm-temperate and weet whereas the northern part has cold-temperate and wet climate. Highest mountains in the north are always covered with snow. In lowland areas, the average temperature in summer being 26,6°C and in winter the temperature is a little more.
The rainfall in Bhamo is 60 inches, in Myitkyina 80 inches and over 160 inches in Putao, in the northernmost part... Myitkyina is the capital of the Kachin State, home of a colourful ethnic race and their festivals. Myanmar hightest snow-capped mountain Khakabo Razi (5881 m) lies in Putao district, half an hour flight from Myitkyina in the far north of the country…..
The State is also home of the best jade mines in the world coveted mostly by Chinese as the believe jade brings peace and good Fortune.”




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