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Hsipaw, pronounced “see-paw” or “tee-bor” is a small town on the banks of the Duthawadi River in Shan State. It’s about 124 miles northeast of Mandalay and is in a beautiful area, surrounded by mountains.

It’s a good base to trek from, either to some of the Shan villages, such as Naloy, where you’ll be welcomed by the friendly villagers, or on a longer overnight trek to Namsham. There’s a fantastic waterfall about 2 hours walk out of town with a lovely pool for swimming.

A visit to Little Bagan is recommended. Although not on the same scale as Bagan itself, the vine covered payas dotting the landscape, water buffalo and locals going about their day-to-day business here make it a good place to spend some time.

Taking a boat trip along the Duthawadi is a good way to admire the buildings and former Shan palace of Hsipaw and a visit to Thein Taung hill is a best done in the late afternoon as this is a great place from which to admire the sunset.

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Time: GMT + 6hrs 30mins

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There are no direct flights from the UK to Yangon (Rangoon). The flight time is at least 14 hours.

Language: The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely spoken in major tourist destinations.


At least 6 months from the end of your trip, and with plenty of room for entry and exit stamps. A visa is required for British travellers and most nationalities.


Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. Recommended vaccinations include diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus, cholera & typhoid. Malaria prophylactics recommended for some parts of Burma.



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