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Laiza is a city in Northern Myanmar, on the border with China. A village prior to 1994, it became one of the most important cities in Kachin State after the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) made a ceasefire agreement with the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The ruling military junta is demanding to hand-over of Laiza and Mai Ja Yang, cities built by the cease-fire group, before implementation of the new constitution drawn in favour of the government.
You can reach Laiza only by car. There are many cars run by business persons through out twenty four hours a day. For foreigners, may need special permission to go beyond Balamintin Bridge near Kachin State Capital, Myitkyina on the way to Laiza.
There are two check points before and after the bridge from Myitkyina and one checkpoint in the outskirt of Waimaw and last Myanmar (Burmese) military gate in Laja Yang and you will find another combined check point at the entrance to Laiza City and on the way to Bhamo.
When the trip was attempted in December 2013, there was no checkpoints in Myitkyina and Waimaw, but there was a military encampment around 2/3rds the way down the road to Laiza. We were arrested, had our bags searched, interviewed, and sent back to Myitkyina afterwards. Talking to local people in Myitkyina they suggested that the only way to now access Laiza was via China, as even locals were being prevented from returning from IDP camps to previously KIO controlled areas.
- Casino or shopping, visiting and talking with villagers.
Chinese goods, traditional Kachin goods, jewellery, and jade.
Enjoy varieties of Chinese, Kachin, Shan and Burmese foods and you can even get fast food and sour fruit, grape wine in Country Restaurant.
Enojyed varieties of Chinese, Kachin Rice-state-beer or rice wine, Sour Fruit Wine, Shan drinks.
There are many guest houses and hotels. Laiza Hotel is suitable for foreigners.
Once you are in the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Controlled Areas, you are safe unless government military check-points give you trouble.