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Hsipaw (Myanmar)

Practical information on Hsipaw

  • Encounters with locals
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
12hrs by train from Mandalay
When to go
From December to March
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Hsipaw

Lorette Vinet Seasoned Traveller
61 written opinions

This is a small, rural town close to the mountains, that's well worth a visit when touring Myanmar. You can go trekking in a countryside where you'll find peace, quiet and amazing sunsets.

My suggestion:
What makes it so special, is that during your treks you get to spend the night in the locals' homes - it's the real thing!
My review

For me, Hsipaw has two main attractions.

Firstly, you'll be next to a stunning, Burmese mountain range, where you can go exploring in all directions. Whether you head out for just one day or for several at a time, you'll get a real feel for local life and, if you like, can spend nights at local villagers' homes. You could even have the chance to take part in official ceremonies - I was invited to a marriage! And don't forget to treat yourself to a Burmese massage after a long day's trek.

Secondly, it sits at the end of the line of a magnificent railway and I recommend that you take this slow train to get there instead of travelling by road. It took some time (12 hours instead of 7), but I passed through breathtaking countryside and I loved the chugging rhythm; a rugged way of travelling, so different to what we are used to.

And then there are other upsides - wandering the streets, trying local dishes, stumbling across the Mr Book bookstore... Make sure you pay Hsipaw a visit, trust me, you won't regret it.

Hsipaw and its surrounding countryside