Top things to do in Northern Shan State

Top Choice Park in Pyin Oo Lwin

National Kandawgyi Gardens

Founded in 1915 and carved out by Turkish prisoners captured by the British during WWI, this lovingly maintained 435-acre botanical garden features more than 480 species of flower, shrub and tree. The most appealing…
Top Choice Bridge in Northern Shan State

Gokteik Viaduct

A highlight of the long, slow Mandalay–Lashio train ride is the mighty Gokteik Viaduct. It spans the Gokteik Gorge, a densely forested ravine that cuts an unexpectedly deep gash through the otherwise mildly rolling …
Top Choice Indian in Pyin Oo Lwin

Taj

Best by night, this standout lakeside eatery is much more reasonably priced than its extravagant look suggests. The curries, tikkas and baltis are superb and quite literally melt in the mouth. There are plenty of ve…
Top Choice European in Pyin Oo Lwin

Lake Front Feel

The upmarket yet casual lakeside setting is an obvious attraction here, while the menu spans dishes from Europe, China, Thailand and Japan, making it the only place in town where you can sate your sushi craving. The…
Top Choice Southeast Asian in Hsipaw

Club Terrace

Dine al fresco in a gorgeous 90-year-old teak house with a lovely riverside terrace. The menu mixes Thai and Chinese flavours, with a few Shan dishes like minced-chicken curry with basil leaves. It has a decent wine…
Top Choice Market in Mogok

Cinema Hall Market

As the epicentre of the gem trade in Myanmar, Mogok has many marketplaces for gems. The early-morning market is known as the Cinema Hall Market, as it is outside the old cinema, and involves local dealers pushing ro…
Top Choice Cafe in Hsipaw

Mrs Popcorn's Garden

Although Mrs Popcorn passed away in 2016, her equally irrepressible daughter makes this all-organic outdoor cafe a definitive stop on a tour of the Myauk Myo area of town. Choose from homemade snacks, some traveller…
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. Though this name…
Buddhist Temple in Pyin Oo Lwin

Aung Htu Kan Tha Paya

Finished in March 2000, this dazzling pagoda is by far the region's most impressive religious building. It enshrines an enormous 17-ton white-marble buddha statue that fell off a truck bound for China in April 1997.…
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…