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Farmers, Bagan, Myanmar

Hsipaw and the Shan State

Hsipaw, in Myanmar’s northern Shan state, is a fascinating and idyllic region to explore.

The main highlights of the area are outside of the town where small villages dot the landscape and the fields are rich in crops and local varieties of fruit. A wide variety of flowers add colour to the landscape.

A typical day in Hsipaw starts with shopkeepers setting out their wares while young monks walk slowly past asking for alms. There is a wonderfully authentic market which tribal minorities from across the region attend to sell a wide range of exotic and essential items from around Myanmar. Less touristy than the markets around Inle Lake and Bagan excellent photo opportunities abound.

Tribal Lady, Palaung, Shan State, Myanmar
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Exploring the area

Walking or cycling is the best way to experience the peace and beauty of the area. Local people tend their crops and as you pass will always warmly return a smile and wave. There are several monasteries in the area to visit as well as the Shan Palace. A late afternoon cruise on the Dokthawaddy River is the perfect way to end a day.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Your expertise helped us with our choices of activity, and we were often pleasantly surprised by some of the things arranged - the boat building at Inle was fascinating, we loved eating in the Burmese houses and thought that a real highlight and adored the ballooning in Bagan.

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