How to go Chin State
To get the capital city, Hakha, you can either take a direct bus from Mandalay or Kalay Township via Falam. Taking the bus from Kalay is better as it takes a scenic route. The entrance gateway to Chin Hills is Mindat, Kanpetlet Township which are easily accessible by road from Bagan. Kanpetlet is only 103 miles from Bagan.
What to see in Chin State
The untouched western side of Myanmar, the Chin State is renowned for its mountainous and warm hospitality of its people. Chin State is well-known for the “Chin Hills” due to its mountainous geography that has an average elevation of 5000- 8000 feet. In winter, the temperature drops to as low as 2 C and very windy.
Apples, oranges, damsons and other garden fruits are in large quantities and the locals also cultivate grapes. Fruit grown in the Chin State is mostly organic.
[Flora and Fauna]
Chin State has a wide variety of unique flora including orchids. Taung Zalat, also known as tree rhododendron, and pine trees are also particularly unique to this region due to its high altitude . There are also many species of birds, reptiles and butterflies. The Mythuns, a rare species of cattle, are also a unique sight.
Hakha is the capital of Chin State. It is situated in the northern Chin Hills,over the mountains at 6200 feet above sea- level and has beautiful scenery. Due to its hilly landscape the city has been built in a “U” shape with one main road, on which is the entire city is built along.
Located within the mountains, this tranquil town has breathtaking views. Before 1965, Falam was the capital city of Chin State. Although no longer the capital, it stills retains part of its former glory. There are beautiful colonial Baptist Church in the center of town. It is built on the slope of a mountain range,in multiple steps. The town is quite clean and tidy.
Memorial Stone Slabs
In Chin HIlls, you will see many stone slabs erected on the side of road written in Chin Language. Chin people mark their memorable events on stone slabs.
Rieth Lake is a well-known place of Chin State. This heart shape natural lake is renowned as one of the prettiest sports in Myanmar. Located in Falam Township between the Chin and Indian mountain ranges, this lake has significant cultural and spiritual importance for the local community. Every locals and visitors from neighboring India visit this lake to worship and pay homage to the spirit guards of the Lake.
This Lake is full year round and is famous for turning red in water, from mid- December for approximately one or two months.
Chin Women with Tattoo
Particularly unique to this region is the
. Each ethnic group has their own pattern which distinguishes them from one another. Although the tradition of tattooing faces is disappearing, it is still prominent in the southern part of the State , particularly in Mindat and Kanpetlet.
Natmataung ( Mt.Victoria)
Natmataung ( Mt.Victoria/ Khaw- Nu-Sone) is the highest mountain in the Chin State in western part of Myanmar.Located in Kanpetlet Township. This is part of the Chin Mountain range with a height of 3053 metres above sea level.It is one the highest peaks of Southeast Asia. The mountain is now protected within Natmataung National Park established in 1994. Its area is 279 square miles.It is also an Association of ASEAN Heritage Park and an important bird Area. Visitors can trek from Kanpetlet to Natmataung National park .
Kanpetlet is a small town situates in the southern part of Chin State. It is 50 miles from Mindat located in the mountains, the view from this town is beautiful, especially during sunset. For those seeking an adventure, there is an option to climb Mt.Victoria’s summit where one can enjoy 360 view of the Chin Hills. Most people in Kanpetlet are Chin tribe , and are friendly and helpful to foreigners.
The second capital city, Matupi, is a very pleasant and beautiful city at 3560ft above sea level. For nature- lovers there is the option of hiking and trekking into the surrounding untouched area. One can also experience the traditional lifestyle of the local community.
Mindat is situated 4860ft above sea level. It is a mountainous region and has abundant rainfalls and natural forests. Due to its cold climate, the view of Mindat can be enjoyed under misty blue sky. Local communities still wear traditional clothing and carry adorn themselves with their beautiful handmade necklace and large traditional earrings.
Bontala Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Chin State. It is over 1500 ft and falls over 9 levels. This is one of the most famous natural waterfalls in Myanmar and being only 16 miles from Matupi, it is a must see.