Welcome to Kyaukme
Pronounced ‘Chao-may’, Kyaukme (ေက်ာက္မဲ) is a low-rise, bustling market town with a smattering of colonial-era architecture, bracketed by monastery-topped hills, each only 15 minutes’ walk away using steep, covered stairways. The main attraction here is hiking into surrounding Shan and Palaung hill villages. The town sees far fewer travellers than Hsipaw and there’s only a few foreigner-licensed places to stay. Kyaukme means ‘black stone’; local legend has it that its citizens were dishonest traders of precious (or not so precious) gems.