Rih, the Heart of Chin

Rih, the Heart of Chin

Chin State

Chin state is located in northwest of Myanmar. Beautiful fountains of clouds, rare herbal plants and orchids, unique ethnic groups, different cultures and surprising festivals make Chin State famous not in Myanmar but also on the world. Breathtaking views of mountains never fail to attract worldwide mountaineers whereas amazing culture of Naga and other over hundred of ethnic groups, together with ethnic inked culture called Pa-Ye_get tattooed all over the face of women and men, keep many journalists and tourists occupied in villages and towns. Having borderline with India, Chin state offers herbs, cloth and jewelleries with reasonable price. Peaceful, honest and hardworking Chin people also have interesting legendary stories and spiritual worship. Among them, Rih Lake is a must-see.

picture showing the view of chin land.

picture showing the view of chin land. 

picture showing the view of chin land.


How to Go

From Yangon, all three transport systems; railway, express and flight are available to get to Chin state. If you have time, take railway but there’s no sleeper coach to Chin state and will take you three nights to get there.  Express takes about 21 hours to get to Kalay. From Kalay, you can hire a taxi to Rhi Lake. It will take about 6 hours if you stop at some interesting places like WindyHill “LayHtanKone” where the shirt you drop will fly upwards by the strong wind. Since the road is quite tough and rough, you need to stop at Chin style homecook restaurants for your curving. Food might be a little different with Yangon taste, and simply a half-fried egg might satisfy a choosy person. To recommend, try NaNout curry, the signature curry dish of Chin state. For light eaters, try Chin Doughnuts with Chin coffee. I bet you won’t regret the choice.

Over mountains and hills with breathtaking cloudsea around your car worth six-hour ride. After crossing MumSung Bridge, another good stop to take photos, your next stop is Rhi Lake.

Rhi, the Heart of Chin


Rhi lake is located in Mizorum district, borderline next to India. You might be very surprised when you see Rhi because the lake itself forms the shape of ‘heart’ naturally. People from Chin and India believe that their ancestors’ spirits fall into Rhi lake when they pass away. Some believe Rhi was the place of ancient dragons.

Some say it is a holy lake of spirits and angles. Around the lake are grass-like plants called Spiritual Border Plants. Try not to pick, press or walk on the plants because they believe the spirit rest on plants. The most wonderful fact about Rhi is that the water in the lake turns dark for a whole day once a year. If you bring the water from Rhi lake back to your home, that water also turns muddy or dark on that same day when Rhi lake turns dark. There are four bungalows on the hill where you can enjoy the sunset view and also starry night. Rental fees per bungalow per night is 40,000Ks. Inside bungalow includes two single beds, a restroom and shower only, so you need to take a blanket, a pillow and shower amenities.

There is also a guesthouse within a 7minute drive from the lake with better room facilities. Most tourists stay there because it is very cold at night inside bungalows. For food, only one restaurant close to Rhi lake serves delicious ethnic dishes with reasonable price. I recommend to stay at bungalow to have better real-life experiences. Your whole day tiring ride will be gone after a fresh, natural cold shower and watching an amazing golden sunset.


Lie on the grass beside the lake, feeling the cold atmosphere and misty breeze, with a sip of traditional rice wine ‘KhaoYay’ and smoked NaNout meat and bbq, with a small campfire under starry sky will mark itself as one of the best campfire memories. As night gets deeper, stars get brighter and this is obviously the sky you can’t see in city life. If you are a morning person, take an early walk around the lake and breathe in very clean and fresh air across the lake, and take a warm and homecook breakfast from the restaurant beside the lake, while watching sunrise. All I can say is that the strange yet amazing Rhi will give you the most wonderful and exciting feelings every single time you see it.


1,171 thoughts on “Rih, the Heart of Chin

    1. We need to make more development for chin state after we win . This state help us so much with their effort

  1. One of my memorable trip to Rih lake and full of satisfactions during this trip. Recommend to visit Myanmar -India border bridge as well near Rih lake. The local young people welcomed us with their traditional chin dance at night fire camp and we all danced with their song together . The local people are very warm and honest.

  2. Rih is in my travel list. Sadly. I can’t make it till now…when i read about the Rih and look at the photos, I must go there one day. I would like to wake up early morning , walk around the lake and look for ancient dragons whether they have wings or not.

  3. Amazing Rhi Lake and all photos used are so beautiful.
    Although I’ve never been to Chin State, I can imagine all while reading .Thanks for writer.

  4. Thanks for the reminding that place. Rih is one of the place I wanna go since my childhood.
    I’ll go there when the stay home period is over. Sounds so exciting.

  5. The writing style is awesome.Easy to understand, interesting presentation,and readers can feel the breeze,the culture of Chin tribe.It’s indeed one of the amazing ,beautiful places of Myanmar.

  6. Today I’m not well mind set. But I read this information, I want to travel to Beautiful Chin State

  7. I’m quite looking forward to new ones. Reading letters makes me happy. I want to travel all over Myanmar one day slowly. Your letter is full of interesting knowledge

  8. ဆရာမ ပုညခင္ရဲ႕ ခ်င္းျပည္အေၾကာင္းေရးထားတဲ့စာအုပ္ဖတ္ၿပီးကတည္းက ေလထန္ကုန္းလဲေရာက္ဖူးခ်င္တယ္ ေတာင္ဇလပ္ပန္းလဲ ရခ်င္တယ္

  9. How beautiful and pleasant it is! I wanna visit chin state after reading the novel of Juu. I hope my dreams will come true.

  10. I have never been to Chin Land.
    But i’ve a plan to go there.
    Thanks for your information.
    Nice articles.

  11. What a beautiful place.I wanna visit to Chin state before I die. And I really love Chin people from my bottom of heart because they are really kind and honest.

  12. I would like to try Chin donuts. They look delicious. And of course,visit this beautiful place which is a land of equally beautiful people.

  13. The beauty of nature from RIH lake is one of the most attractive place in the world. Yeap, i love it.

  14. So beautifully ,please save chin state we can do it
    Never forget this …….😭😭😭😭😭
    One day God and lover kindness People fully this Chin state.
    God bless you🙏🏵️🌻🌈🎇🎆⛪

  15. One of the beautiful places in Myanmar , I want to go there. I like this travel blog.Thanks you for your sharing.

  16. Beautiful Rih….
    The lake, boat, inclining tree, grass ang foggy morning…. look like movie scene…

  17. I have never been to Chin state. One day I must visit Chin state and Rhi lake. I wanna to taste Chin traditional foods.

  18. I’m really interesting about this because of the novel of Sayama Juu’s ‘Tain Nk Chi tk Kyoe’.I’m reading this book during this days and I wanna visit there.She wrote how beautiful clouds around them,Clouds are moving to their house,Bed room and to their face and they can feel their touch of cool.So I really wanna try this feeling How awesome!!This the only one place where can I see the clouds of touch.How Interesting.I wanna go there ringt now!!

  19. Thanks for presentation of this beautiful state,
    One day, i’ll be right there while seeking experience and adventure.

  20. Since I was a child, I always wanted to go Chin state.One day,I must travel to the wonderful Chin state.

  21. Right. There’re many beautiful places in Chin State. I’ve never been to there. I wanna visit to Chin State.

  22. I really love Chin State. Whenever I look at it, I see incredible beautiful views and clouds. I have been to Tedim and Rhi lake, but I have never been to Hakha. One day I will visit to Hakha and other townships with my loved ones.

  23. Chin Land is the place that I really want to go in my life. After reading “Beyond The Mountains” by Author Pone Nya Khin, I want to see Rhi lake and Windy Hill. I will go there when I can stand by myself.

  24. I never have been there.
    But I really want to go Chin state since I had read author Ponnya Khin’s novel.

  25. I really love Chin State. Whenever I look at it, I see incredible beautiful views and clouds. I have been to Tedim and Rhi lake, but I have never been to Hakha. One day I will visit to Hakha and other townships with my loved ones.

  26. ကျန်းမာကြပါစေ ဘက်တော်သားများ။

  27. So beautiful Chin State.
    I wanna visit to Chin State.
    Rih lake is very famous in Myanmar county.One day, I will visit to rih lake and other beautiful places in Chin State with my friends and family.

  28. When we got the federal democracy, first thing I want to do is visiting the beautiful chin state.

  29. Although I’m a Chin Ethnic, I’ve never been there before. Rih is one of the most beautiful places in Chin State & I have to go & feel the beauty of it someday. Wait for me dear Rih! 🥰💟

  30. I’ve never been in Chin State. One of my travelling dreams is to go to the beautiful places in Chin State. Thanks for your detail information.

  31. since i was child, when i heard the myth and storis of Rhi lake…i always want to travel and stay there for a week. thank you for this article