Hsipaw is a delightful mountain village in northern part of Shan province situated around 200 kilometers northeast from Mandalay. Increasing possibilities and safety traveling in Shan state opens doors for more and more travelers explore this wonderful region full of mountain treks. Which are more authentic than those around Kalaw or neighboring northern Thailand, as well as, more challenging with steeper track lengths. Even though government still does not allow to drive a motorbike on your own in this region and do not recommend to wander alone outside the city limits, it makes it even more adventurous. Most of the explorers comes here to wander through fascinating nature, mountains and valleys.
In our point of view, it is still genuine northern Shan State town, with intriguing history, convenient infrastructure, yet, not too many tourists and amazing laid-back vibe. Our recommendation is to visit it while you still get that feeling during your stay here.
Keep in mind that there are rebel ethnic armies operating in some areas around Hsipaw. Myanmar military as mighty as it portrays itself struggles to keep order and certain destinations are off limits to foreigners. Locals speak that in some of those areas certain plants are grown which is not for everybody to see and you might actually get shot while trespassing without any questions. From what we heard, even locals avoid some of the destinations. So, do not blame it only on the government for not allowing you to explore it! Stay safe guys!
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