The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Myanmar
Myanmar has it all – from pristine palm-lined beaches to skylines filled with ancient temples, and mountainous regions with spectacular views to breathtaking lakes, rivers and waterfalls just waiting to be discovered.
To get to Anisakan Falls from Pyin Oo Lwin, take the main Mandalay-Lashio Highway towards Mandalay. The rate for a motorbike taxi should be under $10 USD, round trip. Arranging a car is the easiest way to go, and will cost around $15 USD for half a day. These prices are negotiable and may be more or less depending on season.
The vigorous walk from the parking area to the foot of Anisakan (also known as Dat Taw Gyaik) Falls takes roughly 45 minutes. Go during Myanmar’s monsoon season (May-October) for a truly awesome experience. Wear proper hiking boots; though, as the pathways are especially challenging during this time of year.
The journey to Anisakan and back deserves a full day, or at least half a day when combined with Dee Dote Falls. Considering a longer stay? Book a room at the The View, a newer resort nestled on a facing mountainside with lavish bungalows and a fine dining establishment. The View’s views won’t disappoint, especially at sunset.
Pwe Kauk Falls
The draw of Pwe Kauk’s stepped falls are the paths to wander about, bridges to cross, play areas for kids, and merchants selling traditional snacks and souvenirs. Head there by getting a taxi from Pyin Oo Lwin. Ask around for rates. The caves of U Naung Gu are a one-hour jaunt away for an added excursion.
Nam Tok Falls
Take the main Mandalay-Lashio Highway out of Hsipaw, towards Pyin Oo Lwin, and then follow a bike-friendly dirt track to the hilly escape. Nam Tok gushes into a small but deep pool at the bottom. Jump in to cool off after the effort it takes to get there.
Zin Kyaik Falls
Similar to Pwe Kauk Falls, Zin Kyaik isn’t the most striking of waterfalls Myanmar has on display. However, it’s on the way to Myanmar’s fourth largest city and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. During Myanmar’s scorching summer months (February-May), little to no water trickles down its massive boulders. The rainy season is the best time to go.
Kyone Htaw Falls
Foreigners may need special permission from the regional authority to visit Kyone Htaw. It’s advised to go with local guides, or have a day-trip prearranged with a tour company. These scenic, gorgeous waterfalls captivate with natural turquoise-colored water, so don’t miss out on the chance to dip in.
Myanmar’s stunning waterfalls beg you to tread deeper. Imagine what cascades might remain undiscovered! Grab a bike, lace up your hiking boots; mingle with some locals to find the best ways to get off the beaten path and experience what else makes the “Golden Land” shine.
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