Have you heard of Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary? Indawgyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary or Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary contains Indawgyi Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Myanmar, and a substantial portion of the surrounding forested watershed.
Indawgyi Wetland is situated in Moe Nyin Township in Kachin State, some 1,240 km north of Yangon. It is one of the biggest inland lakes in Southeast Asia and the largest in Myanmar. The wildlife sanctuary was established in 1999 (officially designated in 2004).
The sanctuary covers 73,600 hectares. The lake, which drains to the north, including 12,000 hectares of open water and lies at an elevation of 169 m above sea level. Along with marsh, floating vegetation, and submerged macrophytes. Half of the sanctuary is forest, one-third is wetlands and is home to globally threatened water birds and endemic fish and turtle species.
How to Visiting Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
The lake is a relatively difficult place to visit. According to Fauna and Flora International, there are two ways of getting there.
- Fly to Myitkyina then travel from Myitkyina to Hopin by train and then from Hopin to Lonton village (Indawgyi lake) by car / public bus.
- Travel from Mandaly to Hopin by train and then from Hopin to Lonton village (Indawgyi lake) by car or by public bus.
Indawgyi Mahar Guesthouse in Lonton Village has basic accommodation (bed, blanket and shared bathroom)
Source: FB ASEAN