Dawns soft rays sneaking into the deep valleys below. A slow bus heading into the green rolling hills beyond. Lisu, Shan, Palaung and Kachin people pushing worn out bikes with loads of vegetables to riverside markets in the horizon. At monasteries above, monks are putting their dark red robes on poles, soon to be kissed by the sun.
Hsipaw. Kyukme, Gokteik, Panglong. Nahmsan. names that ignite the curiosity. Names of villages. Places worth exploring. Time is not on stand still here. But in the northern Shan state, in the mid of the rolling hills, in the small fragile villages, time is different than in Mandalay hours to the south. All seems slower, more relaxed, simpler, yet it is obvious that this does not necessarily mean, easier.
This exciting tour gives you a soft introduction to Mandalay, but it is all about the Northern Shan State; in the mountains in the Northeast of Myanmar. It is famous for its nice climate, green landscapes and the friendly people from different tribes living in the area. Combine trekking adventures and local transportation from Hsipaw to Mandalay, one of Myanmar’s former capital cities. Get in touch with the locals while you are on the bus, in a remote village or on the train crossing Myanmar’s most famous bridge “The Goteik Viaduct”. Experience a bicycle tour in the morning in the outskirts of the former royal capital of Mandalay.
When: January 2017 How Long: 8 days/7 nights Travel Agent: Myself Transportation: Public bus, local motorbike or tuk-tuk, train ride, taxi (local), private car, bicycle. Weather: The rainy season from the end of May until the end of September can bring heavy and regular rainfall. Not available during Myanmar New Year’s (April 10th – 17th). The best time to visit is from November – February when it is dry and temperatures are at their lowest; around 20-25 degrees. At night times the temperatures might go below 10 degrees. From March to May the temperature can rise to above 40 degrees
Mandalay, (1 night) Arrival at Mandalay and take your own time to settle down
Hsipaw (2 nights) Traveling from Mandalay to Hsipaw and walk around Hsipaw with your private guide in evening.
Kyaukme (1 night) Hsipaw to Kyaukme. Trekking in the hills around Kyaukme, past tea plantations and into remote villages
Pyin Oo Lwin (1 night) A beautiful train ride to the next destination Pyin Oo Lwin.
Mandalay (2 nights) Travel to Mandalay, and Biking tour.