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Northern Shan State Trekking: Hsipaw

6 Days | 5 Nights
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From $ 722

Myanmar
Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw

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This tour starts in Mandalay with a 2-hour scenic drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), the former British hill station of Myanmar. Pyin Oo Lwin was a summer retreat during British rule. Its altitude of 1,070 m and relatively cool climate allowed the British ruling class to escape the fearsome heat of Mandalay and lower Myanmar. The hill station features many examples of colonial architecture including brick and timber houses, transport in traditional stagecoaches and a beautiful botanical garden.

Upon arrival in Pyin Oo Lwin, pay a visit to Church of the Immaculate Conception. This 100-year old brick church is one of the oldest church buildings in Pyin Oo Lwin. Then we visit Candacraig Hotel, an unspoiled example of British colonial architecture in Asia, originally built in 1904. This beautiful and atmospheric colonial relic in peaceful grounds is also used as a filming location by local film maker.

After that, we will stop at Botanical Gardens (National Kandawgyi Gardens) - 177 hectares of leafy gardens home to a diverse mix of botanical species from around the world. In 1915, a forest researcher Mr. Alex Rogers founded the Botanical Garden. He planned, chose, located, and established it as an international garden.

After leisurely stroll around the gardens, explore the colonial town centre by horse-drawn wagons for a time travel.

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Kandawgyi Hill Resort
Hotel Maymyo
Hotel Akimomi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pyin Oo Lwin train station for a 7-hour locomotive scenic journey to Hsipaw via the Gokteik Viaduct, the highest bridge in Myanmar. The train passes between beautiful Shan Mountains, rice fields, flowerbeds, strawberry farms and small villages. Along the train ride, it is possible to point out farmers working on their farmyard.

Arrive at Naungpeng Station, meet with your driver then have a short transfer to Hsipaw by car. Hsipaw, or Thibaw in its other name, is a pleasant small town on the banks of the Dokhtawady River. An ancient capital of the Shan State, it is nowadays a great place to take leisurely strolls on foot while exploring local cultures and see Myanmar in a different way!

Overnight in Hsipaw.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
This morning, you will be transferred to the trekking point in outskirt of Hsipaw (northern part) by tuk tuk. The ride will take about 20 minutes.

Upon arrival, start our full day trek towards villages of Lisu ethnic people. The trek takes you through the most unique and remote villages and panoramic landscapes, lush green hills, perfectly tilled farm plots of all manner of vegetables, lots of sunflowers, farmers working their land with buffaloes, perfectly manicured rice paddies.

Along the way you will also have to chance to explore tea plantations, which brings the main income for the Lisu and Palaung people. Lunch will be served at a local house.

After lunch, our guide will give you a wealth of information on the indigenous populations of the area, their agricultural habits and other interesting tidbits of knowledge. Meet with friendly farmers who are working hard with buffaloes on their terraced rice paddies. Following the 10 km trek, we arrive in the final destination of today: our homestay. Drop your bags off and meet the friendly host. With the help of our guide, you will be able to learn more about their culture and tradition.

Enjoy dinner prepared by villagers: Lahpet pickled tea salad, Shan chickpea tofu, stir-fried vegetables, with rice.

Overnight in Lisu Village.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight at homestay in Lisu Village.
The Shan State trekking today begins with an uphill walk, passing through beautiful mountain ranges to reach a village of Palaung ethnic people.

Along the way, you will visit a local monastery and have an opportunity to learn about the life of the local monks. We also meet friendly tribal people from different ethnic groups who are working on their fields. Our guide will tell you stories, lives and traditional custom of the Palaung people.

Upon arrival at the Palaung village, visit one of the local house and learn the interesting process of making wet tea, dry tea and sweet tea powder from the fresh green tea. Your lunch will be prepared by villagers, with traditional dishes of Palaung people such as leaf soup, beef curry, fern leaf stew…

After lunch and a short break, it's time to say “good bye” and travel back to Hsipaw, our starting point. Then you will be transferred back to hotel by tuk tuk.

Overnight at hotel in Hsipaw.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
Wake up early and pay a short visit to morning market, one of the most attractive sights for a morning walk in Hsipaw. This is where all the nearby villages would come to buy and sell produce such as potato, tomato, beef, pork, chicken and other products. It is also a good chance to explore the local daily life.

After that, visit Shan Palace to learn more about the town and its history. The palace is still well preserved. It was built in 1924 for Sao Kya Seng who was the last Saopha of the Shan State. On the way to the palace, we will wander around town, pass through beautiful landcapes of this peaceful town and Dokhtawaddy River.

Then, head to Bamboo Buddha Monastery which hosted a 150 year old Buddha statue made entirely out of bamboo and covered my many layers of gold. We also take a look a Nat Shrine and Hsipaw Little Bagan, ancient brick stupas, some overwhelmed by vegetation in vaguely Angkorian style.

For sweeping views across Hsipaw and the Dokhtawady river, we will drive to Thein Daung Pagoda, also known as Nine Buddha Hill or Sunset Hill. Enjoy dawns in Hsipaw with the panoramic view of the tranquil valley below and the peaceful river.

Overnight in Hsipaw.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
Free at leisure at hotel, check out from your hotel then be transferred back to Mandalay via the beautiful scenic roads. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight or destination.
MEALS
Breakfast

Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)

comfort package
comfort package
$ 722
per person
/ person
superior package
superior package
$ 788
per person
/ person
deluxe package
deluxe package
$ 845
per person
/ person

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When to Go

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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
27ºC
1mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
21ºC
3mm

Hsipaw
25ºC
2mm
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Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
30ºC
1mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
23ºC
7mm

Hsipaw
28ºC
10mm
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Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
35ºC
5mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
27ºC
12mm

Hsipaw
27ºC
9mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
37ºC
29mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
29ºC
61mm

Hsipaw
34ºC
79mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
36ºC
139mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
28ºC
240mm

Hsipaw
33ºC
135mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
34ºC
121mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
25ºC
237mm

Hsipaw
31ºC
219mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
33ºC
85mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
25ºC
184mm

Hsipaw
30ºC
261mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
33ºC
116mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
24ºC
254mm

Hsipaw
30ºC
260mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
32ºC
147mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
25ºC
253mm

Hsipaw
30ºC
150mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
31ºC
120mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
25ºC
201mm

Hsipaw
29ºC
127mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
29ºC
40mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
23ºC
93mm

Hsipaw
27ºC
71mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Mandalay
26ºC
8mm

Pyin Oo Lwin
21ºC
19mm

Hsipaw
25ºC
15mm

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