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Pangkham is located in Myanmar
Location in Myanmar (Burma)
Coordinates: 22°10′N 99°11′E / 22.167°N 99.183°E / 22.167; 99.183
Country Myanmar
DivisionShan State
Self-Administered DivisionWa Self-Administered Division
DistrictMatman District
 • Total15,000
 • Ethnicities
Wa, Shan, Han Chinese
Time zoneUTC+6.30 (MMT)

Pangkham (Chinese: 邦康; pinyin: Bāngkāng, Wa: Bangkum), previously known before 1999 as Pangsang (Chinese: 邦桑; pinyin: Bāngsāng, alternative spellings Panghsang, Phangsang), is a town in far eastern Shan State of Myanmar (Burma). It is situated at a bend on river Nam Hka near the border with Yunnan Province, China. Located opposite of Meng Lian, a town of Yunnan Province, China, Pangkham is the main town of Pangsang Township of Matman District of Shan State.[1]

It has hotels, shops, a supermarket, karaoke bars, a bowling alley, and a 24-hour casino.[2] There is a throbbing night life centered on the casino. Food in Pangkham is mostly imported from China. The cars, mainly Land Rovers and foreign pick-ups, have been smuggled in from Thailand.[3]


Pangkham is the de facto capital of Wa State, officially designated as Special Region No. 2, while Hopang is its capital assigned by Myanmar government. It is controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the military wing of the United Wa State Party (UWSP) formed after the collapse of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) in 1989.[3][4]

On 17 April 2009, the 20th anniversary of the coup against the CPB was celebrated in Pangkham, attended by representatives from the military government, Kokang, Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), Shan State Army - North, and former members of the CPB.[5]

The next day, on 18 April 2009, a fire destroyed the largest petrol station and over 10,000 tons of teak in a warehouse in Pangkham, both belonging to one of the Wa leaders Wei Hsueh-kang.[6]

The road from Panghkam to Metman is 48 miles long.[7]


  1. ^ "Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N)". 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  2. ^ Andrew Marshall, Anthony Davis (December 16, 2002). "Soldiers of Fortune". TIME asia. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  3. ^ a b Tor Norling. "Haven or Hell". The Irrawaddy, July 11, 2008. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  4. ^ "Panghsang tightening security". Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.). 2005-06-04. Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  5. ^ Wai Moe. "UWSA Leader Calls for 'Solid, United' Wa State". The Irrawaddy, April 17, 2009. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  6. ^ "Fire in Panghsang". Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.). 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

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Coordinates: 22°10′N 99°11′E / 22.167°N 99.183°E / 22.167; 99.183