Putao has a number of quality lodges plus some locally run guest houses. Hotels and lodges come with standard facility such as private bath with hot and cold shower. With guest house mostly a separate bath rooms and toilet but hot water may be offered on request by bucket.
Putao Trekking House owns and operates some of the villages on various trekking route. In those villages, western toilet facilities are installed. Some treks involve local home stay and tent accommodation. With a local home stay we choose a suitable home in a village. Night will then be spent in candle light and wood fire. Toilets will be clean but mostly local squat type. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning. When pitching a tent, two clients will share a tent, unless they have requested and paid for a single supplement.
Limited mobile network facility exists in Putao which enables you to connect to the world from this wildness town. Once you leave the town then communication will become rather limited except for occasional radio telephone facility at some villages.
Electricity is available limited time only in Putao with the current 220 V / 50 Hz. Sockets have two round/flat pins. If you are traveling with any electrical appliances, an international converter kit and a set of adapter plugs will be essential. Battery based emergency reading lights are provided in rooms for your convenience during the night.
There are limited numbers of motor vehicles available in Putao. Sharing one vehicle among many clients is common due to limited resources.
Domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airline, Golden Myanmar, Mann Yadanarbon and Yangon Airways maintain their schedule flight between Yangon, Mandalay, Myitkyina and Putao.
Putao tourist season is between Nov – May, during when mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool mornings and evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late Dec and early Feb. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius but could drop steadily up to freezing up in the mountains.
Drastic changes of weather in mountainous regions could cause flight delays. Therefore Clients should make proper allowances when booking their onward journey.
Putao has a small morning market, where you can buy cheap woolen hats, fleeces and cheap boots imported from China.
The same precautions as anywhere else. Drink bottled, boiled or treated water, avoid eating raw vegetables, and eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. It’s important to use insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away. Use sunscreen literally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.
International standard facilities are limited in the up country and none exists in the Putao region.
While trekking you may leave your valuable items at our hotel in Putao.
It is compulsory for all clients to take out their own personal and travel insurance, which must cover trip cancellation and baggage protection.
Tipping is common to trip leaders, local guides, cooks and other team members on the tours. For the hotel staff mostly you will find a tipping box installed in the lobby.