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Putao is the northernmost town in Kachin State, located on the banks of the Namlaung River and surrounded by the foothills of the Himalayas. This is the starting point for some of Myanmar's most adventurous expeditions, and a beautiful introduction to rural Myanmar.

Putao Map

“Located in one of the most northern parts of Myanmar, access to Putao is allowed by permit only - making it one of the most untouched and little visited regions in the country.”

Liam Koehler, Travel Consultant

The town of Putao is ringed by snow-capped mountains, where keen mountaineers will find the popular climbing destinations of Mount Hkakabo Razi and Mount Gam Lan Razi. At lower altitudes, the region is a haven for exotic flora and fauna, including rare orchids (such as the "Black Orchid") and animal species such as the takin goat-antelope and the red panda.

Though the rest of Kachin State continues to experience armed clashes between rebel forces and the Burmese government, Putao's remote, inaccessible location (it is reachable only by air for tourists) means that it is perfectly safe for travel. This is a beautiful location to trek through lush forests, take river cruises through stunning gorges, experience village life in the hills, and even pay a visit to a local elephant conservation centre.

Visitors to this distant corner of Myanmar are few, making this a destination for the adventurous in search of a truly unique experience.

Experiences in Putao

Putao offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Myanmar's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Putao

The Climate Guide for Putao is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 21 23 26 29 30 30 30 31 30 28 25 22
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 8 10 14 17 20 22 23 23 21 18 13 8
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 7 7 7 7 7 5 4 5 5 6 7 7
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None Low Moderate High High High High High Moderate None None
Days with some Rainfall 3 5 7 8 10 16 19 17 13 8 3 2
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 21 51 87 121 140 277 345 273 189 109 22 14
UV Index (Maximum) 5 7 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 9 6 5