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Fascinating Facts

  • Hsipaw has several fun trails which will take you through the rolling green Shan Hills.
  • It has some of the best sunsets in the country. Don’t miss it.
  • Hsipaw has several colourful and lively markets where locals sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fascinating Facts

  • Hsipaw has several fun trails which will take you through the rolling green Shan Hills.
  • It has some of the best sunsets in the country. Don’t miss it.
  • Hsipaw has several colourful and lively markets where locals sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

Hsipaw

Tucked away in the lap of Shan Hills is the tiny hill town of Hsipaw, the principal town of Hsipaw township of Shan State. It is a classic countryside hill station with a laid back feel and intriguing history. Being located only 200 kilometres away from Mandalay, Hsipaw is often used as a place to escape the tropical heat of the country.

Hsipaw is blessed with lush green rolling hills which fade into the blue sky. While the town is small, it has a definitive character, being inhabited by ethnic tribes and dominated by markets selling fresh local produce. Hsipaw also has several hiking trails which make it a favoured destination for adventure lovers.

History

The history of Hsipaw State dates back to 58 BC when the predecessor state of Dutavadi was founded as per local tradition. The Qianlong Emperor of China invaded the Hsipaw area during the Sino-Burmese War (1765 – 69). Saopha of Hsipaw was the first Shan prince to submit to the British rule in Myanmar in 1886. Thus colonial rule prevailed. Hsipaw was administered by British Burma from 1938 to 1947. When the last ruler of On Baung dynasty who had been ruling Hsipaw abdicated in 1959, Hsipaw became a part of Shan State.

History

The history of Hsipaw State dates back to 58 BC when the predecessor state of Dutavadi was founded as per local tradition. The Qianlong Emperor of China invaded the Hsipaw area during the Sino-Burmese War (1765 – 69). Saopha of Hsipaw was the first Shan prince to submit to the British rule in Myanmar in 1886. Thus colonial rule prevailed. Hsipaw was administered by British Burma from 1938 to 1947. When the last ruler of On Baung dynasty who had been ruling Hsipaw abdicated in 1959, Hsipaw became a part of Shan State.

How To Get There

Daily train services run from Mandalay to Lashio which pass through Hsipaw. This is the route which passes through the breath-taking Gokteik Viaduct, the bridge over the river gorge. This is a ‘must-do’ travel in Myanmar and hence, train travel is one of the recommended ways to get to Hsipaw.

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Regular bus services are available from Lashio to Yangon which stop on the main road of Hsipaw, about 200 metres from the clocktower. Buy the ticket on the previous day to avoid last minute rush. Bus services are also available from Pyin Oo Lwin and Kalaw to Hsipaw

It is also possible to travel by taxi from Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw. The cost of travelling by taxi will be higher. Shared taxis are also available on this route.

Top Attractions

Being a laid back town, Hsipaw is a good place to roam around and enjoy a few days of solace. Myauk Myo is the oldest part of Hsipaw and has two stunning teak monasteries – Modaya Monastery and Bamboo Buddha Monastery. Both these monasteries are great to spend some time in silence and meditation.

 

The Nawng Kaw Gyi Lake is located around 40 kilometres away from Hsipaw and is ideal to plan a day trip. The lake has a quaint temple at the centre that can be reached through a wooden bridge. Hsipaw has breath-taking sunsets, which can be best enjoyed from Sunset Hill. The area is also known as Nine Buddha Hill due to the presence of the Thein Daung Pagoda.

 

Hsipaw also has several trekking routes through the green hills which will take you through hot springs and waterfalls. You can do these hikes on your own, without the help of a guide as there is a clearly defined trekking route to Nam Hu New Waterfall.

Things To Do

HIKING IN THE HILLS

Hsipaw is quickly becoming a popular destination for trekking. The rolling hills around the town have well-defined trekking routes, ideal for some fun hiking. These hiking trails will take you through the lush valleys surrounding the town. Head out in the morning, walk through the hills, come back and enjoy some authentic local cuisine.

TREK TO NAM HU NEW WATERFALL

Travellers who are not looking for some serious trekking experience can visit Nam Hu Nwe Waterfall, located only a few kilometres away from the town. The walk is not arduous and not very long. The waterfall itself is beautiful, nestled among the quiet serenity of the forest.

BATHE AT A HOT SPRING

There are several hot springs around Hsipaw which are frequented by locals and tourists. Hike to these hot springs and relax in the hot springs to rest your tired muscles. As the people of Myanmar dress conservatively, do remember to dress modestly while you bathe and carry appropriate clothing.

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