Bhamo is a city in Kachin State, Northern Myanmar.
There are a few flights to Bhamo from Mandalay and/or Yangon, as well as Myitkyina.
Several vans connect Myitkyina to Bhamo. For more comfort there is a bus departing Myitkyina at 08:00. It takes around 6-7 hr. The ticket is 12,000 kyat. (The travel by bus from Myitkyina to Bhamo is not allowed for foreigners at the moment (Nov. 2013))
Boats to and from Mandalay take between 1 and 3 days, depending on the boat and the season (faster during the wet season when water levels are high). A ticket for a shared cabin (two beds) is USD60. You can choose to sleep on the deck, which is much cheaper (USD12). You may need a sleeping bag as it gets cold and humid during the night. There are fast boats from Katha that takes foreigners. The price is 6,000 kyat for locals. Attention: They try to sell the tickets much higher to foreigners (Dec 2013). The fast boat takes around 8 hours. It leaves in front of the Ayawady Guesthouse at 09:00.
Bhamo is small enough to walk around. To get to the ferry terminal you'll probably have to take a taxi (around 2,000 kyat per person).
- Bamboo Bridge (Around 4 km north of town in Old Bhamo). The bridge has to be rebuilt every year after the rainy season. It is fully built out of bamboo. On the other side of the river is a small town.
- Friendship Hotel. Decent rooms with shared bathrooms for USD7 and larger rooms with bathrooms for USD25 (higher rates for double rooms). A buffet breakfast is included. They also give out bags with water and some food and a map of Bagan and Mandalay when you depart.
- Grand Hotel, Post Office Road. While they could not accept foreigners in past years, as of January 2015 foreigners are again allowed.
- Paradise Hotel. The Paradise Hostel has clean and new rooms with air-con. A breakfast is included. Next to the hostel is a restaurant with the same name. Breakfast is there. USD30 for double room with bathroom and USD15 for single room.