EXCURSIONS AROUND HSIPAW
Hsipaw is located in the northern part of the Shan State between Mandalay and Lashio, 135 Km and 4 hours drive from Maymyo. Hsipaw was formerly a Shan princedom. With a population of around 30 000 inhabitants, Hsipaw is an important agriculture centre. The small charming town is ideally situated along the Dotthawaddy river surrounded by a large varieties of plantations, watermelons, pineapples, tea trees, papayas, carrots, cauliflowers,…
A stay to Hsipaw can be combined with Mandalay and Pwin Oo Lwin an out off beaten track extension from the main cultural sites in Myanmar.
Hsipaw remains a traditional and untouched small town with beautiful Shan houses. The close surroundings are ideal for excursions
Dotthawaddy River Excursion
The excursion to include a boat ride on Dotthawaddy river is a moderate 4 miles gentle walk. The whole excursion takes around 4 hours
The excursion can starts from the hotel crossing Hsipaw main road with a short walk till Dotawaddy River bank. You will then take a boat for a 45 minutes ride till to reach our starting point for another 45 minute walk. During the boat ride, you will enjoy the sceneries around the river. You might see bamboo rafts and the villager activities along the river banks.
The 45 minutes walk will bring you along pineapple plantations, rubber trees till to get to a 150 years old monastery called Nyaung Yone.
The monastery is dedicated to the Buddhism education of young monks. Depending the time, you might assist to their tuition class, their lunch or their break time.
After a 20 to 30 minutes visit to the monastery, walk back on the same path through the plantation fields. You will observe on the way some wild orchids growing on banyan trees.
After getting back to the river, continue by boat till the confluence of Nam Thu and Namman rivers for a short photo stop.
On the return to Hispaw, stop to the village of Sone Lone and observe the traditional Shan houses architecture with verandahs and long legs. Your walk will bring to the railways crossing the village with a single signboard to notice the train stop. The walk through the tiny paths of the village and the well maintained gardens will bring you back to the jetty.
Return to Hsipaw in the early afternoon for lunch.
Walk along Shan Villages near by Hsipaw
A walk along some of the small Shan villages adjacent to Hsipaw is a pleasant experience to feel the local way of live. The easy and relaxing walk of 3 hours brings you on clear and flat paths passing by tidy houses and gardens but also fields. The walk is recommended in the afternoon to enjoy the sunset on the surroundings.
You reach the Mahamuni Pagoda passing by the Hsipaw main road. Starting the Pagoda, you successively cross the villages of Tain San, Tain Chay, Man Minn, Khun Kyaung. It gives you the opportunity to see the local villages life and daily activities.
You will pass by some small family workshops as cheroot fabrics, wood carving. You will also see activities along Dotthawaddy river. You will then pass through paddies fields before to reach the next villages of Nawk Kup, Nar Lin. Sun flowers, Soya Beans, water melons are also widely present among the plantations. In the late afternoon, depending on the weather, you will assist to the sunset over the mountains range surrounding the area before to reach the last village of Ma Hei, our ending point. From Ma Hei, the car will send you back to Hsipaw in the evening.