Chin State

Chin State Ethnicity

A journey to Chin state is a remote rough ride into the north-west corner of Myanmar towards the border to Bangladesh and one of the main colonial targets of the English where they sent Missionaries.

They implemented a similar tactic in Shan State and with the Karen where they also tried to separate the local tribes from the central government via the introduction of Christianity since Burma / Myanmar has 135 ethnic minorities there is quite a diversity and a easy target for the colonialists having modern weapons and other technological advantages the Burmese / Myanmars at that time had only arrows and lances.

Chin State day tour

To a few of them notably Karen and Shan plus the Chin the British lied and promised them a separate state when they side up with the colonial government. Actually this lies and tactical maneuvers are the main reason of the Myanmar's problems of today.

Chin state travel is popular when on holiday at Ngapali Beach via booking a tour another popular sightseeing target is the Chin new year festival. 
Chin people from Myanmar
Chin people from Myanmar (1)

When the local tribes wear their traditional dresses and perform some tribal dancing during the Chin New Year festival. Interested? Book the tour early because accommodation is very limited the festival is a little primitive event but an unforgettable event of a live-time.   

Chin State Myanmar.

The more than 30 different Chin tribes are one of the biggest ethnicity in the country their new year festival is legend. Chin tribes are the population of in North West Myanmar. The differences between the groups are mainly in the spoken language and different custom. The Naga are a sub-tribe of the Chin and they are partly also living in India's Nagaland. 

This is one of the least developed in Myanmar thus on the other side makes it very interesting for an exploration trip since this is a really exceptional experience.

The state has a very rough topology almost no infrastructure and most of the people walk over unpaved road when they have to travel somewhere the border is with Bangladesh and India at the west and  Rakhine state at the south Magwe and Sagaing divisions are at the eastern front.

Mountain hills deep valleys and no plains or plateaus are visible. Elevation goes up to 3100 m at Nat Ma Taung or Mount Victoria in southern Chin state.

Water comes in from India via the Manipur river which joins Myittha river in Magwe division which finally end up in the Chindwin in Sagaing division. The Chindwin river is the main tributary to the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady). All waterways in the north are full of rapids and navigable by small boats only would be the ideal tourist spot for holiday. When the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company from Scotland was still operating in Burma the whole river cruising system was working much better but after the British left almost every river and train transport collapse.

Pretty pristine nature in north west Myanmar.

One of this untouched pristine nature highlights is the pretty "Reh" lake near to the Indian border which can be reached from Falam by a four wheel drive off-road vehicle. The border pass at Chikha is for local people only. Shifting cultivation and some attempts to terrace cultivation can be spotted. Rice corn wheat and coffee beans are raised. Oranges apples and other fruits suitable for this climate are planted too.

Chin fashion:

Myanmar Chin fashion Lady with Hair Decoration grown. Chin textiles are very well known and have a good reputation for their excellent quality. Sometimes hand weaving is still used. Ethnic groups are Chin Bama Lai Cho Siyin Matu Simbhrin Kumi and other.

The major income source is agriculture but since this is developed on a very low level only life is hard here is some ladies fashion.

Chin people and tattooing. 

The Chin have a long tradition in tattooing as pictured here. People think tattooing started around two million years ago when our ancestors lost their fur and soon after used their skin as canvas. With body painting they pursued mainly two aims: to impress the opposite sex or to demonstrate group membership. Women use body paint and decoration to make themselves more attractive by impressing visually. But while bones are durable for a long time skin vanish relatively quickly. Somehow luckily the rough terrain makes it difficult for poachers to cut the trees that means there is still some forest left and not so heavy cutting has been done like in other areas of Myanmar.

Teak and other hardwoods are below about 1000 meters. Above are oaks and pines. Since the people are dependent on wood for cooking 'there is no electricity or gas- the forests degrade continuously.  Roads are cut into the mountain sides and the rugged nature of the landscape makes difficult anyway to move around easily. Chin girls usually walk because the infrastructure is very bad, I would say all guys and gals from the green movements of the world would be at the right place here, but had ever saw any of the green bla bla maker do life what they are preaching to other's ' We call this people, they preach drink water but they drink wine. 

To reach Palatwa town in the southern Chin State from Rakhine state is by small boats only via the Kissipanadi river.

There is a  road from Kyauk Taw (Rakhing state) but only suitable in the dry season  and the vehicle should be at least a trucks. Kanpetlet in the south (Nat Ma Taung or Mt. Victoria national park), Mindat and Madupi can be accessed from central Myanmar.

A north-south road connects Chikha in the North (near to the Indian border) to Ton Zang, Tiddin, Falam Hakha Aika and Madupi.

Kalay in Sagaing division is the gateway for trucks moving passengers and goods. Tourism is by tour operators check with Myanmar Explore in Yangon they have lots of experience and are good connected actually some of the employees are Chin and Naga I met some of the tour guys in Yangon still having the piercing marks and face tattoo. Just like punk from Europe only the tattoo pattern is different.

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