Shan State

Pressed against several international borderlines, Shan State is a melting pot of languages, food cultures and beautiful natural environments that are waiting for your companionship.

At a rough minimum elevation of 1000 meters, the British colonialists were the first to seek refuge here from the scorching heat below. The cooler air and the more dependable rainfall combine to create a huge and very lush region, many areas of which are still slowly being opened for foreigners.

The tranquil town of Hsipaw is a great vantage point for boat trips on the river – and beyond into the mountains where you can stay a night with the villagers and gaze at the stars. There are no other lights out here to distort your view of the Milky Way. See our designated Hsipaw and Inle Lake pages.