Southern Shan State
Kyaukme & Hsipaw
On the road to Lashio, Kyaukme and Hispaw are neighboring towns in the cool Shan valley. Both towns are very picturesque and offer unique styles of Shan and Burmese architecture. The Bawgyo Pagoda, Aungzedhi Monastery, Old villa of Prince Hsipaw and the town markets are popular sites to visit. Near these towns are the Shan paper making workshops.
Lashio is the trading centre for northern Shan State at the beginning of the famous Burma Road leading into China. From Mandalay you can reach Lashio by road in a day. Lashio has one of the most colorful markets in Myanmar. Each morning Chinese, Wa, Shan, Myanmar, Lisu and Palaung nationalities gather for their daily shopping. Is is a mountain town at 855 meters Quan Yin San Chinese temple, hot springs and New Pyi Lon Chan Tha Paya are among some of the places to visit.
Keng tong Is one of the most scenic towns in Shan state, special place for Hill tribe lovers. It can be easily reach from Heho by flight or from the Thai border crossing at Maesai / Tachileik. Keng tong is surround by many villages of ethnic minorities, such as Khun, Akha, Akhi, Lahu, Wa and rare Ann people.