Myanmar Discovery Travel

Hiking in Hsipaw

Hsipaw (Thibaw) is located in Shan state, 200 km northeast of Mandalay. This charming little town is situated along the shore of Dotthawaddy River and is surrounded by many farms with tea trees, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, etc ….
To reach Hsipaw from Mandalay, you can take the train or cover a part of the route in car (Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin) and then take the train (Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw). This railway track crosses the impressive Gokteik viaduct which dramatically bridges a deep gorge over 270 m. It is a masterpiece of British engineering after the conquest of Upper Burma.
Hiking in His-Paw can be done in one, two or three days. You will go from village to village and will be accommodated in private homes. The hospitality and friendliness of the Palaung make you forget the basic comfort of your nights.

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Walk to farmers’ villages enjoying the panoramic scenery of paddy fields, seasonal crops, mountains, and a river. Experience traditional lifestyle of Shan Villages by visiting houses, where women weave, roll cheroots, and produce fans and bamboo baskets. After about four hours of walking you will be back to Hsipaw for lunch.


Total walking time: 4 hours        |      
Difficulty Grade: 2 (Easy)

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Walk through the rice field to reach the Nam Tok Waterfall, which has a nice pool at its base. Visit a limestone cave on the side of the waterfall and climb up 100 ft (30 meters) to enjoy a splendid view over an ancient pagoda and Shan Royal Tomb as previously seen on the path in the rice field. Come back to Hsipaw for lunch after about four hours of walking.



Total walking time: 4 hours        |      
Difficulty Grade: 2 (Easy)

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Walk through Hsipaw, rice paddies, multi-denominational cemeteries, and along a stream hosting a number of improvised power plants on a flat terrain for about 2 hours. Next 3-4 hours is a steady climb on a rocky road among the beautiful mountainous landscape, seasonal crops, Shan villages, and a tea plantation. The climb is not too steep, as the villagers are able to go up and down on their motorbikes. Eat lunch in the village and learn about traditional lifestyle of Palaung Hill Tribe (Mon Kaumer) whose women still wear their traditional costumes. Eat dinner with the Palaung family and spend the night in their traditional home. On the next day, after breakfast, trek down to Hsipaw.



Total walking time: 10-12 hours (5-6 hours per day)      |       
Difficulty Grade: 5 (Difficult)

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