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Only recently opened to tourists and tucked away in the far north of the country is the small quiet town of Putao. Formally known as Fort Hertz, Putao was one of the British Empire's most remote outposts. During the Second World War, even the Japanese were unable to conquer this remote and isolated area. Today, Putao remains completely cut off from the outside world by millions of acres of subtropical rainforest and is surrounded by high peaks of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya. 

Steep valleys are cultivated with fertile rice paddies and vegetable plantations. As well as farming the locals catch fish with unusual thorn-lined conical fish traps and harpoons. The higher up the slopes you travel the scenery and flora changes dramatically to pine and rhododendron forest. Due to its location at the base of the world’s highest mountain range a cold mist eerily hangs over the peaceful and serene surroundings almost 6 months of the year. There are many species of orchid and other exotic plants and animals native to this region such musk deer and flying squirrel. The region highest peak, Mt. Hkakabo Razi, standing at 5900 meters can be seen in the distance and remained unconquered until 1997. 

Daytime activities range from short jungle treks to river diving, mountain biking, scenic raft trips and kayaking. For the more adventurous there is a range of multi day rafting and trekking excursions available. Due to the very remote location, unfortunately, we are not able to cater for very young children (below the age of 5), the very elderly or frail, those with disabilities or walking difficulties.

Putao Hotels

$$$$$ Malikha Lodge Putao

Modern Chic, Luxury

Malikha Lodge is situated in Northern Kachin State, Myanmar’s greenest and most remote state. Access to the lodge is a fifteen-minute drive from the small frontier town of Putao. The only reliable...

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