Nothern Shan State Escape

6 Days
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What's included

Hsipaw , Mandalay , Pyin Oo Lwin Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Return Location
Additional Information
Total trekking hour for whole trip: approx-8 hours Total boat ride for whole trip: 1 hour
Price includes
  • Accommodation in single twin share room
  • Local knowledgeable guide in most part of tour
  • Unlimited bottled water
Price does not include
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
Useful Bag,Refill not landfill bottle,1 local sim card and 1 GB data for each traveler:
Service Level     :  Basic Service

“Simple and clean hotels and hostels; comfortable public and private transport”

Travel Style        :  Trekking & Local living 

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Physical RatingModerate (3/5) 
Minimum Age    : 12+



Mandalay – Pyin Oo lwin hotel – Pyin Oo lwin sightseeing by Private car

Pyin Oo lwin hotel – Pyin Oo Lwin railway station by Private car

Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw by Train

Hsipaw – Pyin Oo lwin -Mandalay by Private car

  • Tour Plan
  • Day 1 - Meal (/ / )
  • Day 2 -Meal (B/L/D)
  • Day 3 - Meal (B/L/ )
  • Day 4 -Meal (B/L/D)
  • Day 5 - Meal (B/ / )
  • Day 6 - Meal (B/L / )
Day 1 - Meal (/ / )

Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin

Cycling around Pyin Oo Lwin
Total cycling hour-approx: 1.5 hour

Be ready to be picked up by our experienced driver at 8:00 am this morning for a scenic 80 km drive to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). We will transfer first to the hotel for bike fitting.

Explore the beautiful old colonial style buildings, waterfalls, former markets and the impressive botanical gardens for a taste of local culture.

Lunch will be served at a hand selected local restaurant before continuing on the Peik Kyin Myaung Caves.

These natural caves are growing in popularity with pilgrims throughout the country. Here we can purchase local souvenirs and refreshments as well as enjoying views of the stream and a variety of Buddha images. This is the perfect place to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere and feel close to Buddhism. We will have the opportunity to explore some impressive waterfalls to the south of the caves.

Overnight at your comfortable Pyin Oo Lwin hotel.

Day 2 -Meal (B/L/D)

Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw

  • Pyin Oo lwin to Hsipaw by train-6.5 hours/131 km
  • Train start time-8:21 am

Enjoy your hotel breakfast before your pick up arrives at 07.30 am for transfer to the railway station.

Today we will board a train and head towards Hsipaw across the historic Gokteik Viaduct. This 2260 foot (689 meter) high viaduct was once the largest railway trestle in the world and promises breath-taking views across the Shan State.

Enjoy your lunchbox on board before arriving in Hsipaw this afternoon. The principle town in Shan State sits on the banks of the fantastic Duthawadi River.

On arrival check into your room before enjoying an educational chat with our experienced guide who will be happy to explain all about local Shan life.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure before a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 - Meal (B/L/ )

Hsipaw Boat Ride

  • Local boat ride-1 hour

Following a local breakfast, we will stretch our legs with an enjoyable walk to the Shan noodle factory and the blacksmith factory. We will have the opportunity to learn about local traditions such as candle and tofu making.

Afterwards we will head to the jetty where we will hop on a local boat upstream for about one hour through unique pineapple and rubber plantations. We can hop off to visit the must-see old Shan monastery before heading back to the boat to visit the immensely interesting confluence of the river. This is the point at which the Duhtawaddy River begins and local life is buzzing for us to see.

On our journey back to Hsipaw we will visit a traditional Shan Village and immerse ourselves in the local life.

Lunch is served at a hand selected local restaurant.

This afternoon starts off with a visit to the Shan Palace, home to the last sky Prince of Hsipaw. The Shan palace is managed by his niece and nephew, the host will happily talk you through the family’s turbulent history over the last 100 years.

As the sun sets on this beautiful day, we will head just outside of town to Nine Buddha Hill where we will enjoy a stunning sunset over Hsipaw and Dokhtawaddy river.

Overnight in Hsipaw.

Day 4 -Meal (B/L/D)

Trekking Around Hsipaw

  • Total trekking hour-approx : 6 hours 

Today’s tour starts from your hotel and takes you along Tai, Shan Villages.

We will pass through fantastic scenery including seasonal vegetable crops, rice paddy fields, natural springs and streams where we will enjoy several hours trekking.

As we reach the Palaung Village we will stop for a well-earned rest and local lunch at the village house. This is the perfect place to enjoy the tea plantations and explore local life and the culture of Palaung.

This evening we will meet with the friendly villagers and have unforgettable conversations with help from our experienced guide.

Dinner will be enjoyed at one of the local houses before overnight in a friendly home-stay of Palaung village.


Day 5 - Meal (B/ / )


  • Total trekking hour-approx : 2 hours

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before an enjoyable trek to one of the region’s most fantastic waterfalls.

Here we can swim, relax and enjoy at our leisure before a comfortable drive back to the hotel.


Day 6 - Meal (B/L / )

Hsipaw - Mandalay

Enjoy your hotel breakfast.

This morning we will take a comfortable car ride from Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin, stopping at the most famous pagoda in the Northern Shan State, Bawgyo.

Relax and enjoy this scenic journey and beautiful surroundings as we make our way through many different towns.

Lunch will be served at Pyin Oo Lwin’s December Farm. Famous for its strawberry jam, dairy and homemade ice cream. This is a great opportunity to sample the local food and wine.

After lunch we will continue our journey from Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay.

Enjoy this modern metropolis with its Chinese influence before heading to U-Bein Bridge for sunset (if time permits).

Our experienced driver will ensure your safe return to the hotel for goodbyes and conclusion of your tour with memories to last a lifetime.

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More about this tour

1.Ballooning  in Mandalay (Upon Request Charter flight only)

The new capital city site was 66 km (25.5 sq mi) in area, surrounded by four rivers. The plan called for a 144-square block grid patterned citadel, anchored by a 16 square block royal palace compound at the center by Mandalay Hill.] The 1020-acre (413-hectare) citadel was surrounded by four 2,032 m (6,666 ft) long walls and a moat 64 m (210 ft) wide, 4.6 m (15 ft) deep. At intervals of 169 m (555 ft) along the wall, were turrets with gold-tipped spires for watchmen.[12] The walls had three gates on each side, and five bridges to cross the moat.[11] In addition, the king also commissioned the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Pahtan-haw Shwe Thein upasampada hall, the Thudamma Good Dharma or public houses for preaching Buddhism and a library for the Pāli Canon.

2.Shan Village Tour with Boat Trip and Nam Tok Fall (60 USD per pax)

This tour makes a popular day trip from Hsipaw, but many tours only make a brief stop. On this full-day tour, admire views of Nam Tok Fall, then set one hour boat ride through the upstream river , and enjoy free time to browse the Shan Village. Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, Shan rice noodle and round-trip transport.

3.Canoeing and Coffee Plantation Tour  (70 USD per pax)

Discover the true meaning of farm-to-table with a guided tour and tasting at one of the country’s premier coffee plantations. Sithar coffee farm founded in 1996 located on the hill town, Pyin Oo Lwin, at 3300 feet, ideal for coffee growing. This 2 hour guided coffee tour, hiking around 40 acres with lush, tree-shaded coffee fields and tropical hills. Will unravel coffee growing and harvesting. The local farmer will explain the process of milling green coffee beans.

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  • Accommodation Details Info

1 night at Pyin Oo Lwin hotel,3 nights at Hsipaw and 1 night at local home-stay of Palaung Village

Pyin Oo Lwin Accommodation

Shwe Eain Nann Hotel (or similar)


  • Breakfast

Hotel Exterior view

2 single bedroom

Hsipaw Accommodation

Mr.Charles Guest house (or similar)


  • Breakfast
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free wi-fi

Hotel Exterior view

4 Bedded En-Suite Dormitory


We will try our best to get hotel displayed here. Due to hotel availability, we will confirm actual hotel name once you book tour.  

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