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Bhamo

(bä`mō, bəmō`), town (1981 est. pop. 14,000), NE Myanmar, on the upper Ayeyarwady River. Located c.900 mi (1,450 km) from the sea, it is the head of navigation on the Ayeyarwady. Bhamo is the market town for the surrounding hill region and is also important for its ruby mines. Formerly significant as a center of overland trade with China, it was linked in World War II by the building of the Stilwell Road to Ledo in Assam, India. Although most of the population is now Kachin, in 1884 the Burmese authorities used Chinese freebooters to repel a Kachin attack on the town.
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The Stilwell Road or Ledo Road, from Ledo in India to Kunming in China via Myanmar connecting the Burma Road beyond Bhamo by allied forces from December 1942 to May 1945 for military operation against the Japanese forces in North Burma, was left in bad shape.
From western Myitkyina District, community leaders moved on to persuade other community leaders in the rest of Myitkyina District, and then in Bhamo District.
BEYOND BHAMOThe 20-cabin Kindat will sail every Saturday between Mandalay and Bhamo, the most northerly navigable point on the Irrawaddy, 1,000 miles from Yangon.
On the eve of Christmas occasion, December 24th saw severe hostilities break out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government forces in Bhamo district of southern Kachin state, quoting KIA officials the Kachin News Group reported.
However, in June 2011 the Myanmar forces violated the ceasefire and attacked the Kachin army in Bhamo.
A similar offer is being made by Orient Express company, which is operating an 11-night river cruise to the more northerly Gorges of Bhamo.
He joined the Madras Army as a cadet in 1849, beginning a distinguished career, and the British government engaged him to open up an official trade route into China from Bhamo in Burma.
Amid heavy monsoon downpours, the protests grew stronger each day, spreading across Burma, from Yangon, Sittwe, Mandalay and Sagaing all the way to Myitkyina and Bhamo in Kachin State.
The attack occurred in Bhamo (Manmaw) district, which borders China and has recently experienced heavy fighting between Myanmar government forces and KIA insurgents.
The land transport route would link Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan to the river ports of Bhamo and Myitkyina in northern Myanmar, from there on the Irrawaddy River all the way to Yangon (Rangoon).
Orient-Express offers several itineraries, with the best a 16-night Bhamo trip beginning with a night at the stunning Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.