Bhamo - The Quiet Town on the Irrawaddy Riverbanks

For many tourists to Myanmar, Bhamo (also called Banmaw) is an ideal stop on the river cruise to Katha, Myitkyina and Mandalay. Bhamo is a peaceful town on the riverbanks of the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State, neighboring to China. Coming here, you will have a chance to discover one of the most relaxed and attractive towns in Myanmar. Ancient teak buildings in Bhamo and surrounding areas are worth exploring for your remarkable trip. In this post, we would like to recommend you some fascinating places and activities that you may be interested.


Visiting well-known pagodas is one of the not-to-be-missed experiences when exploring Myanmar in general, as well as Bhamo in particular. Theindawgyi Pagoda and Shwe Kyina Pagoda are two ones that tourists often visit most.

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Theindawgyi Pagoda

From the town, keep going about 4 miles, you will see Theindawgyi Pagoda is said to be home to a tooth relic of the Buddha. Traveling to Theindawgyi Pagoda, you can gain a perfect view of old monk statues stand across a pond from the pagoda’s southeast and a statue which is set among the lotus pond with its snake-shape base. It shapes as a gilded stupa with an elongated-shape bell. In the southest of the pagoda, there are old monk statues lined around a pond. You will be admired the statues in this magnificient pagoda because of its uniqueness. A statue is set among a lotus pond with its snake-shape base.

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Shwe Kyina Pagoda

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Next, Shwe Kyina Pagoda is about 3 miles to the north of the town. This historical pagoda has two gold-topped stupas which marks the site of the 5th century Shan city of Sampanago (Sampanago is also called Bhamo Myo Haung or Old Bhamo). This old city remains almost nothing. You can visit other section in the pagoda's campus to discover more about golden pagoda in Myanmar.

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Bamboo Bridge

If this the first time you walk across the bamboo bridge of Wa Thatar village in Bhamo, you might can be frightened. However, the bamboo bridge is still unbeatable with the fleet of time and the davastation of flooding every year and it become a must-go attraction of the local people.

It is a incredible 5470 meters long and is crossed every day by the villagers. Although the bridge is damaged by flooding every year and then rebuilt by two hundred villagers, it is still worth crossing this risky but marvlous bamboo bridge. Winning this special bridge, you can cross the large Tapin River.

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Bhamo Harbour

When you are in Myanmar, it is a great pity if you miss the moment of the sunrise and sunset and it will even be the greater pity if you don't spend time visting  Bhamo Habour and watching one of the most stunning miracles of nature in this country, sunrise and sunset from Bhamo Habour. Habour is the perfect place in Bhamo town where you can sit with your family and enjoy the serene and peaceful atmostphere in this town withou being stressfull anymore. Besides, the busy life here will bring to you exciting and unforgettable experiences.

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Shamie Restaurant and Sut Ngai

To enjoy foods and drinks in Bhamo, you are recommended Shamie Restaurant and Sut Ngai. Shamie Restaurant is famous for excellent curry and fantastic homemade tamarind chutney. While Sut Ngai has delicious barbecue and Kachin specialities such as lime-flavoured pork served in a banana leaf and Myanmar Beer. It is interested that you must not speak English, all you need to do is pointing at what others are eating.

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