Looking for snow in Southeast Asia? Even if you’re not looking for snow, Putao up in the northern regions of Myanmar provides the cool relief that you might be looking for amid the heat and humidity the Myanmar is known for. Its remote nature should also lure people seeking the exotic (if Myanmar is not exotic enough).
Well, you’re bound to get some snow if you’re on the edge of the Himalaya Mountain range. But before we get there, let’s check Yangon a bit. Most entry into Myanmar makes a stop here anyway. And there are lots to see in the country’s biggest city. You can’t miss out on Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s most iconic structure. And a sunset with the temple as the foreground – such an amazing site!
Alright, so hop on a plane and head up north, in the remote regions of Kachin State. You can only get there by plane. That’s how remote the place is. And once you step out of the aircraft, be whisked away to the always charming and definitely posh Malikha Lodge. Set amongst beautifully manicured lawns, gardens and dense jungles, it is the perfect base for an unforgettable experience in Putao. The Lodge’s private bungalows are centered on massive handcrafted teak bathtubs and all rooms feature custom fireplaces. Secluded amongst towering bamboo trees, the bungalows provide ultimate privacy in the gorgeous natural surroundings.
So, what can you be doing up here in the mountains? Asian Elephant anyone? Climb aboard the back of these friendly beasts and explore the pristine scenery from there. A bamboo raft on the Malikha River is also waiting. You’ll reach a cool gorge where you’ll have your picnic lunch. You like birds and orchids? Nature galore here in Putao!
You can also set out on short treks and meet the area’s colorful and friendly hilltribes. Colorful does not even begin to describe them. See for yourself! And who can miss out on a morning market visit?
Or you can cocoon yourself in the resort and get pampered with a massage or just soak yourself in the teak bathtub. Whether you are staying in or adventuring out, Putao will always etch in your memory and will come calling for a second visit in the future.
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