Welcome to Lashio

Once the seat of an important Shan sawbwa (Shan prince), Lashio played a pivotal role in the fight against the Japanese in WWII as the starting point of the Burma Road, which supplied food and arms to Chiang Kai-Shek’s Kuomintang army. Little evidence of that evocative history remains today, thanks to a disastrous 1988 fire that destroyed most of the city's old wooden homes.

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$220 Cultural & Theme Tours

3 Days 2 Nights Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw - Mandalay

Day 1:  Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin  (-/-/-)Drive to PyinOoLwin which is 42 miles away from Mandalay (about a one and a half hours drive) and was a former British Hill Station. The town was originally renamed Maymyo after the British Colonel May who established the towns beautiful botanical gardens built by Turkish prisoners of war during WWI.It is on the way to Lashio and to the Chinese border town of Muse. The sightseeing highlights of Pyin U Lwin include Purcell Tower, which was a present from Queen Victoria; the morning vegetable market; the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Botanical Garden; NaungKanGyiPaya where you can see a panoramic view of the town; B.E waterfall, Peik Chin Myaung Cave and Maha AntHtooKanthar Pagoda, wish fulfilling pagoda.Overnight in Pyin Oo LwinDay 2:  Pyin Oo Lwin - Naung Pain (Train) - Hsipaw  (B/-/-)Early morning transfer to the train station to take a local train on a scenic ride over the famous Goitek Viaduct which crosses a deep gorge. We will disembark the train at Naung Pain Village and continue drive to Hsipaw.Enjoy afternoon sightseeing in the town, Bawgyo Pagoda and watch the panorama from the top of Theintaung hill.Overnight in HsipawDay 3:  Hsipaw trekking and Return to Mandalay  (B/-/-)Walk to farmer’s villages, enjoy the panoramic scenery of paddy, seasonal crops, mountain, river, and observe living style of Shan villages and house wife home business (Producing the bamboo hand fan, basket weaving, cheroot rolling etc.)Afternoon we will drive back to Mandalay.

$1370 Outdoor Activities

Myanmar Adventure Trekking Tour (12 Days)

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.

$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).