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The capital of Kachin State, Myitkyina lacks much in the way of headline sights. Nonetheless it’s an engaging, multicultural place, home to Kachin, Lisu, Chinese and Burmese, and hosts two of Myanmar's most important 'ethnic' festivals. A low-rise town with a fair scattering of part-timber houses, its residents seem keen to assist visitors, with local Christians particularly eager to practise their English. Quiet at the best of times, the town is especially sleepy on Sundays when the churches fill up. Few foreigners make it here, and those who do are mostly missionaries or NGO workers.

Best time to visit

Myitkyina experiences 3 seasons in a year. Generally, the weather is Myitkina is relatively comfortable to visit in in all year round.

From November to February is the cold and dry season. The temperature this time can fall down to about 5 °C at night. During day time, the weather is relatively comfortable with the temperature of about 20-27 °C.

From March to June is the warm season. This time, the temperature climbs steadily. The highest temperature can reach 33 °C.

From June to September is the wet season, this is when Myitkyina is less visited by the high rainfall and flooding sometimes.

Check the below table for the general idea of Myitkyina weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 26.2 18.7 11.5
Feb 28.9 21.1 13.2
Mar 31.6 24.6 17.2
Apr 33.5 27.1 20.4
May 33.4 28.3 22.9
Jun 31.6 27.9 24.4
Jul 31.1 27.7 24.7
Aug 32.1 28.3 24.8
Sep 32.4 28 24.3
Oct 31.2 26.2 21.5
Nov 29.3 22.7 16.4
Dec 26.5 19.3 12.4

Myitkyina's current weather and 7-day forecast


Myitkyina Produce market

Markets in Asia are always the best places to get a glimpse of the life of the local people. Base on the level of size and vibration that we could know about the local economy and standard of living. Myitkyna market is one of the best attraction in Myitkyina situated on the tranquil riverside that you could reach by a boat trip. Traveling to Mytkyna market, you will set foot on a lively market that is relatively large. Myitkyina market is where people sell a variety of products and goods. From vegetable to seafood, from daily equipment to meat, and many more. Additionally, the market in Myitkyna is where you will catch the image of Burmese women putting on Thanakha make-up, a traditional make-up powder of Burmese people dating back to a thousand years ago.

Kachin State Cultural Museum

For those visitors who are interested in discovering the culture of Myanmar, Kachin State Cultural Museum is one of the best Myitkyina’s attractions. It is a great destination to visit in Myitkyina that would give an exciting display of Kachin State. There are an array of national races, traditional dresses, looms, silverware, jewelry, musical instrument and more. Besides, the museum in Myitkina is also where tourists can find an array of Buddha images from Pyu-era cities in central Myanmar.

Hsu Taung Pye Zedidaw Pagoda

The gilded pagoda is the most beautiful religious site and famous attraction in Myitkyna sitting on the bank of Irrawaddy River. This is one of the most popular places in Myitkyna that local people come for worship. Hsu Taung Pye Zedidaw Pagoda is home to a golden stupa, a standing Buddha image, and a reclining Buddha image.


About 25 km toward the north of Myitkyina, Myit-Sone located at the point where Mayhkha and Malikha Rivers comes together to meet Irrawaddy. It is a local delightful spot in the list of Myitkyina attractions where tourists can behold the natural beauty and enjoy the nice breeze from the riverside at the confluence. That’s where often visited by the Burmese and Chinese from Yunan. The oldest religious site of Myit Sone: Catholic shrine of Mother Mary can be found eastward of the river. in addition, the is a pagoda that has been erected recently offers more places for visitors to discover.

Together with sightseeing, tourists traveling to Myit Sone from Myitkyina will have a chance to savor the local food of Kachin one the side of the river. Kachine cuisine is a great combination of local with Myanmar, China, and Arunachal Pradesh. It characterized by rice – the main ingredient in the meal of almost countries in Asia. Upon here, let’s try the famous Shat Jam, Kachin traditional mixed rice made from boiled rice, mushroom, beans, and also chicken, pork or beef. Additionally, there are many mouth-watering curries and spicy food that will definitely satisfy your empty stomach!

Kachin Manao Park 

Visit the area in which the annual Kachin Manau Festival is held. The park is a major site of historical significance, especially for ethnic Kachin people who comprise approximately 40 per cent of Kachin State's population. Since 2006, the annual festival on January 10 has been a subject of controversy and a number of Christian groups have boycotted the celebration in recent years since fighting resumed between the KIA and Tatmadaw.

Alam Udang Bum 

Known in English as the "Holy Cross Mountain", this two-hour Christian Catholic pilgrimage is available to the public for free and is situated roughly 24 kilometres North of Myitkyina, in the Kachin village of Alam. Visitors to the shrine can walk up the side of the mountain to witness a vantage point where the entire city of Myitkyina can be seen, and beyond. At the peak of the hilltop shrine is a 30 foot cross and pilgrims/visitors have the option to choose shortcuts to get their destination. The grounds are maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Myitkyina.

New Light Hotel

This hotel has nice rooms with free drinking water and shared bathrooms for 17,000 kyats. Larger rooms with private bathrooms are also available and it is at 5 mins walking distance from the train station.

Hotel Madira

It is quite a modern hotel with clean, comfortable and spacious rooms with price starting from 45 USD.

Palm Spring Resort

It is luxurious Resort with Swimming Pool and lots of greenery with rooms starting at 120 USD.

Kiss Me Restaurant

Located beautifully next to the Irrawaddy River, the restaurant is very popular amongst the youth in Myitkyina. It offers a good variety of dishes from Kachin, Myanmar, and Chinese with fair prices. English menu is available.

Jing Hpae Thu Restaurant

This is a great place in Myitkyina if you want to savor the authentic Kachin food. The dishes are varied and you can try the specialties including superb, tangy dried beef with spicy dipping sauce and pork, chicken that served in the banana leaf.

Bamboo Field Restaurant

This restaurant offers a variety of Chinese, Thailand, and Vietnamese cuisine with the Western classic. In addition, a cocktail or beer is also available after the meal.

River View Restaurant

For dim sum lovers, it is impossible to skip River View restaurant for a nourishment breakfast. Even more, it serves customers with the wealthy local dish. Together with the food, the restaurant is a great place to behold the poetic sunset over the Irrawaddy River.

Five Star Chicken

For those tourists who want to buy fast food, Five Star Chicken is a great destination. The price is relatively comfortable from 800 – 1200 kyats (0.53 – 0.57 USD per leg or breast of the chicken.

It is available to get to Myitkyina by train, bus, car, and by air. Taking a flight is considered the best and most convenient way to reach the town. There are several airways offer the flight to Myitkyna every day.

From Yangon To Myitkyina

Yangon To Myitkyina  by Flight

Traveling by air from Yangon to Myitkyina is the most convenient way. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach Myitkyna from Yangon on air. There are 44 flights every week from Yangon International Airport to Myitkyina. , Myanmar National Airlines, Mandalay Ltd, Asian Wings Airways, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines, Yangon Airways, and Myanmar Intl are airline brands offers scheduled flights from Yangon To Myitkyina. The first flight of the day is at 6:30 am from Myanmar National Airlines and the last flight is at 1:00 pm Myanmar Intl. You can book the ticket 90 days in advance to avail of the best offers.

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Yangon To Myitkyina by Train

Tourists are able to travel by train from Yangon To Myitkyina via Mandalay. The great distance from Mandalay To Myitkyina requires around 20 hours to travel. There are two through trains a day from Mandalay to Myitkyina, one is 9 am and another is 16 pm.

Yangon To Myitkyina by Bus

There are several schedule bus leave Yangon every day to Myitkyina. Ticket can be bought at Aung Mingalar Bus Station. The average bus fare ranges from $ 33 to $ 40. All bus are provided with air-conditioning, blanket, and movie.
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Get around

Myitkyina is not a small town which means that most of the time a motorbike taxi or a rented motorbike is the best way to get through town. Trishaws are available too. Another good way to get around are so-called Thonbeins (3-Wheelers), which can accommodate several people. Taxi-cars can be found and offer more comfort and safety, albeit at higher prices.

Local prices to travel by taxi are 500 ks and the price is not altered by distance. It is possible to go to Wainmaw (southeast of Myitkyina) in a 3-wheeler, along with locals, for the local price.


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