High in the Shan Hills, Namhsan is an atmospheric, scrappy, ridge-top town that looks out over a sea of rucked-up mountain ridges and plunging ravines. The townsfolk are a fascinating mix of Golden Palaung, Shan and Burmese, as well as a few Chinese from nearby Yunnan Province.
The surrounding slopes are covered by the Palaung tea plantations that are the mainstay of Namhsan’s economy, as well as pagodas and monasteries.
Foreigners have not been allowed to travel to Namhsan since 2013 due to fighting between the Palaung State Liberation Front and the Myanmar military, but the situation may change in the future. Check the current situation before setting off.