Buddhist Temple in Hsipaw

Mahamyatmuni Paya

South of the central area, Mahamyatmuni Paya is the biggest and grandest pagoda in the main town. The large brass-faced Buddha image here was inspired by the famous Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay. He’s now backed by an…
Area in Hsipaw

Myauk Myo

At the northern edge of town, Hsipaw’s oldest neighbourhood has a village-like atmosphere, two delightful old teak monasteries and a collection of ancient brick stupas known locally as Little Bagan. The multifaceted…
Buddhist Temple in Hsipaw

Bawgyo Paya

Five miles west of Hsipaw, beside the Hsipaw–Kyaukme road, this pagoda is of great significance to Shan people and gets overloaded with pilgrims who arrive en masse during the annual Bawgyo Paya Pwe, culminating on …
Viewpoint in Hsipaw

Sunset Hill

For sweeping views across the river and Hsipaw, climb to Thein Daung Pagoda, also known as Nine Buddha Hill or, most popularly, Sunset Hill. It’s part of a steep ridge that rises directly behind the Lashio road, jus…
Market in Hsipaw

Produce Market

Most interesting before dawn when the road outside is jammed with hill villagers selling their wares; all will have cleared away by 7am, although the market continues until 1pm.
Market in Hsipaw

Central Market

The main market in town is a busy affair in the morning when locals come to shop for produce. By the afternoon, it is usually pretty sleepy.
Area in Hsipaw

Central Riverfront

Hsipaw’s riverside produce market is most interesting before dawn when the road outside is jammed with hill-villagers (Shan, Palaung, Lisu) selling their wares: all are gone by 7am. Between here and the large centra…
Shrine in Hsipaw

Banyan Tree Nat Shrine

Godowns in Hsipaw


These four column-fronted 19th-century godowns (warehouses) are located between the riverfront and Central Market.