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Increasing numbers of foreigners are finding their way to delightful Hsipaw (သီေပါ; pronounced ‘see-paw’ or ‘tee-bor’), drawn by the possibilities of easily arranged hill treks. Many people, though, find the town's laid-back vibe and intriguing history as a Shan royal city as much of an attraction and spend far longer here than they intended. With just enough tourist infrastructure to be convenient, Hsipaw is a great stop for anyone wanting to visit an interesting northern Shan State town.

There are rebel 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 visitors well away from the conflict zones.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Hsipaw.