Shan State

2016-05-26-11-10-10     DESTINATIONS   |

Hsipaw (Northern Shan State)

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Hsipaw is about 200 kilometers northeast of Mandalay and was once an independent Shan state ruled by princes known as sawbwas. Hsipaw is accessible by train, bus, or car and is a compact, picturesque town, the centre of which has a busy morning market. Hsipaw is a base for excursions and treks to ethnic minority villages in the surrounding hills or for boat rides on the Dokthawady River.

Hsipaw is about 200 kilometers northeast of Mandalay and was once an independent Shan state ruled by princes known as sawbwas. Hsipaw is accessible by train, bus, or car and is a compact, picturesque town, the centre of which has a busy morning market. Hsipaw is a base for excursions and treks to ethnic minority villages in the surrounding hills or for boat rides on the Dokthawady River.

Lashio (Northern Shan State)

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The capital of northern Shan State, Lashio is set amid mountain ranges at an altitude of 855 metres and is mainly inhabited by Shan and ethnic Chinese. Lashio straddles an important trade route between Myanmar and China and is at the southern end of the famous Burma Road and about halfway between the border town of Muse and Mandalay. The historic Goteik viaduct railway bridge is close to Lashio. It is the highest bridge in Myanmar.

Muse (Northern Shan State)

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Muse, about 190 kilometres from Lashio in northern Shan State, is a bustling cross-border trading centre. Situated on the Shweli River, it is connected by a bridge and a road to Ruili in China’s Yunnan province.

Kyaing Tong (Eastern Shan State)

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Nestled in a river valley, Kyaing Tong is roughly equidistant from the borders of China, Laos and Thailand. Kyaing Tong, one of the most scenic towns in Shan State, has many temples, colonial buildings, lakes and the surrounding area is ideal for eco-tourism activities such as trekking, mountain biking and adventure tours. visit to Kyaing Tong offers insights into the lifestyles of the area’s ethnic minorities and hill tribes: including the Shan, Gon, Akha, Lisu, Wa and Lahu. A stroll around Nong Tong Lake and a morning visit to the lively market are recommended.

Tachileik (Eastern Shan State)

On the border with Thailand in eastern Shan State, Tachileik is a gateway to the Golden Triangle where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. This area is being developed for tourism and cross-border trade with Laos, Thailand and China. Domestic flights are available Yangon and other destinations in Myanmar. It is possible to enter Myanmar from Thailand at Tachiliek, subject to special permission.

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