Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, is accessible by water, by land or by air from Mandalay. It is situated in a flat valley.
Myit-son, 43 km north of Myitkyina, at the confluence of the Maykha and Malikha, 2 crystal clear and snow-fed rivers, is located at the very beginning of the mighty Ayeyawaddy River.
Jade mining center called Phakan is 148 km to the west of Myitkyina. Indawgyi, the biggest lake (333 sq-km) in Myanmar, home to the 120 birds species including Myanmar Peacock, surrounded by 30 Kachin villages, is a nice place to visit for nature-lovers. To take a train to Hopin railway station from Myitkyina and then, to take a road trip to lakeside are not easy jobs. So, Lake Indawgyi is less visited than lake Inlay of Shan State.
Mount Khakaborazi, snow capped year round, with the hight of 5889 m in far northern Kachin state, snow capped Mt Phonkan, Mt Phangran and Mt Phonyin in northern-most Myanmar, await the treckers and hikers from all over the world, offering the best time from October to April although adventure treckings can be arranged the whole year round.