Welcome to Hsipaw


There are rebel ethnic armies operating in some areas around Hsipaw, so certain destinations, such as Namhsan, are now off limits to foreigners. Trekking guides are very attuned to the local situation and make sure to steer foreigners well away from the conflict zones.


Top experiences in Hsipaw

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $38.99

Image for

Hsipaw activities

$66.97 Day Trips & Excursions

Gokteik Viaduct Full-Day Private Tour from Mandalay

The Tour: Gokteik ViaductIt’s an early start this morning as you will be met in your hotel at 6:30 am, and transported to the Pyin Oo Lwin Train Station where you will board one of the world’s greatest train rides with your guide. This tour is a great way to transfer from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw, or for a day sightseeing from Pyin Oo Lwin. The train line from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw passes through the hills of Shan state, over cascading rivers, and along the famous Gokteik Viaduct. The rail line was constructed as a way for the British Empire to expand their influence in the region and the construction project was overseen by Sir Arthur Rendel an engineer for the Burma Railroad Company. The bridge was constructed in 1899 and completed in 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction, at the time it considered a world masterpiece. It was the highest bridge in Myanmar at the time it was finished and the largest railway trestle in the world. The rail journey takes about 4 hours and after disembarkation you will enjoy a traditional local lunch, before being taken by train to Pyin Oo Lwin and then by car back to Mandalay.

$1310 Outdoor Activities

12-Days Adventure Tour in Myanmar

Day 1 Mandalay ARRIVAL, Amarapura-Mandalay (-/-/-) – Arrival to Mandalay. Visit to Amarapura including the Mahagandayon Monastery, U Bein Bridge, Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and enjoy sunset from Mandalay Hill.Day 2 Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin (Car), Yay Pyan Taung Trekking (B/L/-) – Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin. It will take an hour to Pyin Oo Lwin from trekking point Sin Gaung Lay Village. Yay Pyan Taung waterfall has 7 layers which is beautiful and pleasant with lush surrounds. If time permits, visit to Botanical Garden.Day 3 Pyin Oo Lwin-Hsipaw (Train) (B/-/-) – Take train to Hsipaw, on a scenic ride over the famous Goitek Viaduct. Disembark at Naung Pain Village and drive to Hsipaw. Sightseeing in the town and watch the panorama from hill.Day 4 Hsipaw Trekking (B/L/D) – Start from Hotel along Tai villages. Trek on uphill path through hill cultivation field, 2 more villages in marvelous countryside scenery for several hours and reach Palaung village, have local lunch in a house.Day 5 Hsipaw Trekking (B/-/-) – Down sloping along the path through hill crops for several hours which lead to Mini Natural waterfall and enjoy cold bath for refreshment after trek. The pickup truck is bringing us back to hotel.Day 6 Hsipaw-Lashio (Car), Lashio/Heho (Flight) (B/-/-) – Visit to Bawgyo Pagoda. If time permits, visit to Market before drive to Lashio. Then transfer to Inle.Day 7 Inle-Indein (B/-/-) – Sightseeing on a long-tailed boat, visit silk weaving and lotus industries in Inn Paw Khone Village and in Nanpan to witness work at a Cheroot factory, Phaungdaw U Pagoda, Nga Phae Chaung Monastery and floating gardens. Travel to Indein to observe a 17th century Pagoda complex and visit small communities.Day 8 Inle-Sagar-Pekon (Boat), Pekon-Loikaw (Car) (B/-/-) – Take a boat to Sagar which will give you an insight into a lesser-visited part of the lake. Drive from Pekon to Loikaw.Day 9 Panpet-Hta Nee La Lae (B/L/-) – Drive to Loikaw, home to the famous Kayan ‘long-neck’ women, known for the brass rings they sport around their necks. Visit to Hta Nee La Lae which is simple farming village with traditional kayah totem poles.Day 10 Loikaw-Kyat Cave (B/-/-) – Visit to local market, Kyat Gu which local people believe that it was a house of some kind of spirits, Taung Kwe Paogda, Phoperyone Monastery, National Museum and Haw.Day 11 Loikaw/Yangon (Flight), Yangon Sightseeing (B/-/-) – Sightseeing including Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, the bustling area in Yangon’s downtown, along the Pansodan Street which has many large colonial buildings and Shwedagon Pagoda.Day 12 Yangon Departure (B/-/-) – Transfer to Yangon airport for departure.

$1290 Outdoor Activities

14-Days Adventure Tour in Myanmar

Day 1 Mandalay ARRIVAL, Amarapura-Mandalay (-/-/-) – Arrival to Mandalay. Visit to Amarapura including Mahagandayon Monastery, U Bein Bridge, Mahamuni Pagoda, the wood-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and enjoy sunset from Mandalay Hill.Day 2 Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin (Car), Yay Pyan Taung Trekking (B/L/-) – Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin. It will take an hour to Pyin Oo Lwin from trekking point Sin Gaung Lay Village. Yay Pyan Taung waterfall has 7 layers which is beautiful and pleasant with lush surrounds. If time permits, visit to Botanical Garden.Day 3 Pyin Oo Lwin-Hsipaw (Train) (B/-/-) – Take train to Hsipaw, on a scenic ride over the famous Goitek Viaduct. Disembark at Naung Pain Village and drive to Hsipaw. Sightseeing in the town and watch the panorama from hill.Day 4 Hsipaw Trekking (B/L/D) – Start from Hotel along Tai villages. Trek on uphill path through hill cultivation field, 2 more villages in marvelous countryside scenery for several hours and reach Palaung village, have local lunch in a house.Day 5 Hsipaw Trekking (B/-/-) – Down sloping along the path through hill crops for several hours which lead to Mini Natural waterfall and enjoy cold bath for refreshment after trek. The pickup truck is bringing us back to hotel.Day 6 Hsipaw-Mandalay (Car) (B/-/-) – Visit to Main Market and Hsipaw Haw before drive to Mandalay.Day 7 Mandalay-Bagan (car), Bagan sightseeing (B/L/-) – Drive to Bagan and visit to Shwezigone Pagoda, Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi, Ananda Pagoda and other temples before enjoy sunset.Day 8 Bagan Sightseeing (B/-/-) – Sightseeing including Damayarzaka Pagoda, Shwegugyi and Thabyinnyu, Shwesandaw, Abeyadana Temple, other temples and a lacquer ware shop before enjoy sunset.Day 9 Bagan-Kanpelet (car) (B/-/-) – Drive to Kanpetlet. Arrive in late afternoon, meet the locals and take in the glorious scenery. Day 10 Kanpelet-Mt.Victoria-Mindat (B/-/-) – Drive to Mt.Victoria and hike 4Hrs. Observe many rare forms of flora and fauna, and many species of plants and butterflies. Then drive to Mindat.Day 11 Mindat sightseeing (B/-/-) – Drive to Kyar Tong Village and hike about 1Hr. Visit a famous local hunter and meet local women with their full-face tattoos and witness their traditional way of life. Then return to Mindat.Day 12 Mindat-Bagan (car) (B/-/-) – Drive back to Bagan. Lunch at Saw and arrive Bagan in the evening.Day 13 Nyaung U/Yangon (Flight), Yangon Sightseeing (B/-/-) – Sightseeing including Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, the bustling area in Yangon’s downtown, along the Pansodan Street which has many large colonial buildings and Shwedagon Pagoda.Day 14 Yangon Departure (B/-/-) – Transfer to Yangon airport for departure.

$322.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Days in Northern Shan State and Mandalay from Yangon

Day 1: Transfer to Hsipaw in Northern Shan State from Yangon by bus at 4pm. We will overnight on the public bus.Day 2:  Arrived Hsipaw. Upon arrival, walk to your hotel (hotel is only 5-minute walking distance from Khaing Ta Pyay bus station). The room is ready for check-in. In the late afternoon your guide will take you for a walk through a panoramic scenery of paddy fields and other seasonal crops passing small creeks, Shan villages and local schools and monasteries. The guide will explain in detail about Shan life around Hsipaw and show you some home industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving and the local people in Northern Shan state. Overnight at Hotel – Nice wooden bungalows in a beautiful garden.Day 3:  A day for yourself. After breakfast, you will explore the town on your own. Overnight at Hotel - Nice wooden bungalows in a beautiful garden.Day 4:  Completely plunge in rural life with your local guide. Your guide will be waiting for you at the final bus stop to take you to the guesthouse where you will spend the night. Embark on a full day trekking through the mountains surrounding Kyaukme during which your guide will give you a fascinating insight into the life of the Palaung people living in these remote hills. We have lunch in one of the Palaung villages. Today is a great day out in the nature in an area where you can still find people who have rarely seen western foreigners before and who live according to centuries old traditions. Overnight at Hotel – basic Guesthouse with private facilities. Day 5:  A train journey over a bridge, 820 feet (250m) high. The train departs at 11:05am from Kyaukme station and will pass the Gokteik Viaduct at around 1:30pm. Through spectacular mountain scenery the train will slowly move forward over the old railway track passing small villages and towns where vendors will enter the train to sell drinks and local snacks. Expected arrival time in the Pyin Oo Lwin – the former summer capital for the British colonial administration. On arrival at the colonial train station transfer on own arrangement to your hotel.Day 6: Car-pooling from the scenic hill town to Mandalay. A shared taxi will pick you up at the hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin and drive you down the hill towards Mandalay. In Mandalay the shared taxi will drop you at your hotel.

$272 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Northern Shan State - flashpacking

Day 1:  Yangon – Hsipaw (Public bus) (-)Our representative will meet you at your hotel at 3 PM and will escort you to the Aung Mingala bus station to make sure you will easily find the reserved seats in the air-conditioned night bus to Hsipaw that leaves at 4 PM. Around 5 AM the bus will stop at the main road in Hsipaw (before continuing to Lashio) to let you out opposite the Catholic Church. O/N on the public bus.Day 2:  Hsipaw (B,-,-)Upon arrival in Hsipaw, you will be met by a representative who will take you for a walk to the fresh produce market at the riverside.  Continue to observe the large central market and proceed to Mr Charles Hotel for breakfast and check-in. At around 1330 you will embark with your guide on a 4 hour walk through a panoramic scenery. Return at Mr Charles Hotel around 5:30PM. O/N at Mr. Charles HotelDay 3:  Hsipaw (B,-,-)This morning your guide will take you for a boat ride up the Dokthawaddy river through amazing mountain scenery and after the boat ride, an hour walk to visit a 150 years old Shan monastery, set in the middle of the forest. This 5 hours guided excursion that will give you an insight in Shan life. The rest of the day is free at leisure. O/N at Mr. Charles Hotel Day 4:  Hsipaw – Kyaukme (B,L,-)Going local today! The local bus to Kyaukme will depart opposite the beautiful colonial all-wooden post office which is a 3 min walk from your hotel. The bus is stopping at every village to let people or goods in and out. Expect to be surrounded (or sit on top of) vegetables, rice and anything else you can imagine, surrounded by local villagers. You will arrive at around 8:30 in Kyaukme. The market is the final bus stop. Your local guide will take you to the guesthouse where you will spend the night. Embark on a full day trekking through the mountains surrounding Kyaukme. Lunch in one of the Palaung villages. O/N at One Love HotelDay 5:  Kyaukme – Pyin Oo Lwin (B,-,-)You have some free time to explore the town with its colonial buildings and colourful market this morning. Then transfer to the railway station is only a 10-minute walk from your hotel. We have reserved seats for you until Pyin Oo Lwin. The train departs at 11:05 from Kyaukme station and will pass the Gokteik Viaduct at around 1:30 PM and through spectacular mountain scenery. Expected arrival time in the Pyin Oo Lwin – the former summer capital of the British colonial administration – is at around 4 PM. On arrival, our representative will bring you to the Royal Parkview Hotel. Along the way you will pass numerous colonial villas Pyin Oo Lwin is famous for. O/N at Royal Parkview Hotel – Superior RoomDay 6:  Pyin Oo Lwin (B,-,-)Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Mandalay by shared taxi. (About 2 hours).

$32 Outdoor Activities

Hsipaw Trekking Tours by Firefly

2 Days 1 Night - Adventure Trekking  Day 1Start walking from Hotel along (SHAN) Villages and seasonal vegetable crops, rice paddy along natural spring and stream. Reach PALAUNG (minority) village after five hours walk through relatively flat land with quite a few ups and downs the tea mountain. Take a nap or rest at lacal home stay for a while after our local lunch.Continue afternoon trek through little jungle and village for several hours and reach farther minority village. Dinner and overnight at local home stay. Day 2 (3 to 4 hours)Begin a trek after local breakfast through the little forest, some Shan hamlet and villages at down-hilling for several hours and get the pickup at (SHAN )ethnic village, the one near Hi-way road and back to the Hotel after lunch.2 Days 1 Night - Special Trekking Day-1Our guide will come to pick you upat your hotel, 8 O’clock in the morning, after your breakfast. We will transfer by Tuk Tuk ride for 10mins to a Shan village. Start the trekking, walk and enjoy the local garden which surrounded my their agriculture field. After 1 Hrs of trek up the hill, we will have small tea break to refresh our self. Then we will continue to trek up slowly by visiting pass more of the Shan villages. After of 4 Hrs walk, we will have Lunch at mountain Ta-Palaung village and have a good afternoon rest. During the walk, you will enjoy the different landscape and the scenery. After lunch in the late evening, we will continue to walk for 2 or 3 Hrs more to next Ta-PaLaung village for over- night stop. During the afternoon walk, we will visit the tea plantation, see the pine forest, see the panoramic view of mountainous range scenery. When we reach the village, We will rest and visit around the village. our overnight at the local family home. the village is located surrounded by the tea plantation. (6 or 7 total walk- up and down) Day-2After the breakfast, we will start our trek to next mountain top village (1600 M) by enjoying the morning view and all the nature differences. We will enjoy the view from a village, and the nice scenery of the cloud leaving up from the valley. Next, we will trek along the valley into the jungle to have the different experience of nature. After 3 Hrs walk and we will have lunch at another Tang-Palaung village. After Lunch , we will have one hour tour to different Shan village by enjoy the different scenery of rocky mountain. After the tour, we will get Pick-up for(40 mins ride) down to a Shan village and visit one of the most famous mirror art temple. After ward, we will head to refresh our self at Water fall and enjoy the nice view of Hsipaw region. After refreshing, we will go back to your hotel to relex and finished the trek at about 4 or 5 pm. (about 5 Hrs walk)