Guest houses in Kanpetlet, Chin Hills

Oasis Mountain Resort
Mountain Oasis Resort, Kanpetlet

Kanpetlet is, for me, the most beautiful town in the whole Chin Hills. It is also a tourist attraction, the only tourist attract in Chin state, apart from nearby Mindat, although the yearly visitor is probably less than 100. There is the famous Mount Victoria with Natmataung (Khawnuthom) National Park which is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Myanmar.

There are currently two guest houses in Kanpetlet. They are actually small resorts located in a beautiful location high on the mountain and deep read more



Kanpetlet, Chin State (Part-2)

Kanpetlet-hospital
Kanpetlet Hospital

The town is very poor. There is not much business to do. People are also generally poorer than other towns of Chin Hills. Population is also very small compared to other towns. However, this is a very good place to observe the Chin traditional way of life. Kanpetlet is still unspoiled by the modern world. People are still living in the same way hundreds of years ago, even in nearby villages which are not difficult to go. This is also a very nice place to do trekking. Moreover, there is one major read more


Kanpetlet, Chin State (Part-1)

Kanpetlet-1
Kanpetlet

Have you ever heard of Chin Hills? Have you ever been to Chin Hills? If you are a regular visitor to our blog, you probably might have read about Chin Hills. I posted a few articles about Chin Hills – Chin culture, Chin custom, towns and places in Chin Hills, videos I took from Chin Hills. Talking about Chin Hills would not be complete without Kanpetlet. For me, Kanpetlet is the most beautiful town in Chin Hills.

Kanpetlet is a small town in the southern Chin State. With a population of only read more

Chin National Day 2007

Chin National Day 2007
Chin Elders at Chin National Day 2007

Chin National Day 2007 was held at U Wumthu Maung Stadium in Hakha, Chin State, on 20th of February, 2007. The origin of Chin National Day or Chin State Day dated back to 1948. On 20 February 1948, a people’s assembly was held in Falam, and decided unanimously to reject feudalism and in support of the Union. Since then, February 20 was marked as Chin Day, and ceremonies were held every year. This year’s ceremony was 59th.Starting from 19 February, show rooms and shops were open in U Wumthu read more

Kalay Falam Hakha Road

Construction workers on the way to Falam

Buses leave Kalay to Hakha everyday from Tarhan Bus Terminal. There are two bus lines, Chin Taung Tan and Shwe Chindit. One bus each leaves from each line everyday except Sunday. The buses leave the terminal at 5.00 AM in the morning.

I took Chin Taung Tan bus on early morning. The bus left the station at 5.15 AM but because it picked up passengers from the town, it was already 6:00 when the bus left Kalay. As soon as the bus left Kalay, the road suddenly went up and started to climb up the mountain. About 15 minutes after leaving Kalay, we stopped at on place on the road on the slope of a mountain, and prayed Lord for protection of the passengers. They prayed in Chin Language. It is customary, whenever somebody leaves for a trip, those left at home pray for the safety of the one. This is a very beautiful custom of Chin people.
Bridge on Manipur River
The road is quite wide and good, with good hard ground. At 8:00 AM we reached Thai Ngin village, 32 miles away from Kalay, where the road to Tiddim started. At 8:40 we reached Var Lone village, 42 miles away from Kalay. We had our lunch at Cherry Restaurant. It was still too early for me to have lunch so I didn’t have anything there. 50 miles away from Kalay is where road to Reed Village started. Reed is a village on the Indian border, where the famous heart shaped lake was. At Lone Taw village, 53 miles away from Kalay, I saw many stair case firms, alot of them and very beautiful. Economy here seemed to be good for a mountainous village. At Lone Ban village, about 59 miles from Kalay, I saw many more beautiful and fertile firms. There is also a station hospital and a high school. Lone Ban is quite a large village.
Memorial Stones from Chin Hills
After Lone Ban, the road started to went down again, and at 70 miles, we reached Bar Bridge, which crossed Manipur River. After crossing Manipur River, the road winded up again at reached Falam at 12:15 PM. Falam is about 80 miles from Kalay. Falam is quite a large town built on the slope of a mountain. Being the former capital of Chin State, it still maintain its past glory, with many two and three storied brick buildings, and a large Baptist church. Girls in Falam are famous for their beauty, claimed to be the most beautiful in all Chin State. Road near Falam was quite worn out. From Falam to Hakha, about half of the road on the side of Falam was quite good, but the other half on Hakha side was severely damaged. We reached Hakha at 4:30 PM. This article was originally posted at Kalay – Falam – Hakha Road | Bamarlay’s Diary.

How to go to Mindat in Chin State

Bus to MindatIf you are interested in going to Mindat, here is a guide. You cannot go there direct from Yangon. First, go to Pakokku, a big city on the west bank of Irrawaddy (Ayarwaddy). To go to Pakokku, you have two options. One is the direct bus trip to Pakokku from Yangon. The buses are quite old and slow, and carry a lot of goods and cargo. I recommend the second option which is to take a bus to Pagan (Bagan) and from there, cross the Irrawaddy. The bus to Bagan leaves around 3 PM from Yangon, and read more