- Putao is the largest town in Northeastern Myanmar with cold weather throughout the year.
- Myanmar’s highest peak is Hkakaborazi (5881 meters) and is located near Putao.
- Putao is home to ethnic groups from Kachin, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Rawan and Jingphaw.
A quaint town tucked away in a remote corner of nature, Putao is surrounded by snowcapped peaks. It is a small hill capital with a population of only 10,000 people. With hilly streams and rivulets, straw-roofed houses, pebbled streets and beautiful scenery, Putao is ideal to enjoy a few days of solace in a cold climate.
Putao boasts of unique flora and fauna. It has several exclusive kinds of orchids such as rare black orchids which are not found anywhere else in the world. You can also spot several rare animal species such as black bear, red panda, mountain goats and black deer. If you visit between January to April, you can see exquisite species of butterflies as well.
HOW TO GET THERE
Putao is surrounded by snowcapped peaks, which is a sight in itself. Mt. Hkakabo Razi, Myanmar’s highest peak is visible from Putao. Being a small hill station, Putao is best to explore on foot. Certain parts of Putao are restricted, so it is best to ask around before venturing into unknown areas. Kawn Moo Lon Golden Sambur King Pagoda is located about 10 miles east of Putao, on the east bank of Malikha river.
The town of Putao is surrounded by small hilly villages which you can visit to spend a night or two. Putao is inhabited mostly by Kachin People, one of the leading 8 ethnic groups of Myanmar. Being in Putao, you can understand their lifestyle, culture, and tradition. If you visit around the Kachin Manaw Festival, you will get a once in a lifetime experience enjoying the authentic local festivities.