10 Things to Do in Shan State That You Shouldn't Miss

Shan State (Burmese: ရှမ်းပြည်နယ်, pronounced [ʃáɴ pjìnɛ̀]; Shan: မိူင်းတႆး [mə́ŋ.táj]) is a state of Myanmar. Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south, and five administrative divisions of Burma in the west. Largest of the 14 administrative divisions by land area, Shan State covers 155,800 km², almost a quarter of the total area of Burma. The state gets its name from the Shan people, one of several ethnic groups that inhabit the area. Shan State is largely rural, with only three cities of significant size: Lashio, Kengtung, and the capital, Taunggyi. Taunggyi is 150.7 km north east of the nation's capital Naypyitaw.

1. Shwe Oo Min Pagoda

Oo Min Road, Kalaw, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 205 reviews

Shwe Oo Min Pagoda

Reviewed By Bill Y - Albuquerque, New MexicoAlbuquerque, New Mexico

Beautiful and Unusual

The cave is filled with thousands of Buddhas of all types and styles. While that's interesting to visit, the pagoda outside is beautiful. We visited there just before sunset and were amazed at how the gold stupas reflected the late day sunlight. There wer

2. Inle Lake

Nyaungshwe, Myanmar Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 2781 reviews

Inle Lake

Reviewed By rabbitingon - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom

fascinating floating gardens growing crops.

There are some beautiful resort hotels but any boat trip will bring foot rowing by fishermen, tomatoes and gourds growing on floating beds, entire villages of stilted floating communities. Silver, silk and the unique lotus stem weaving. Ancient temples an

3. Indein Village

Inthein, Taunggyi, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
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4.5 based on 859 reviews

Indein Village

Reviewed By TravelerTrecker - HoustonHouston

Different Pagoda style!

This pagoda has 1056 Shan style pagodas, Different from the rest of Myanmar, the pagodas are slim, spiral, and tall. They are packed. Several pagodas date from the 17th and 18th century. It is one of the few places in Myanmar that has been preserved with

4. Thein Taung Pagoda Monastery

Kalaw, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 33 reviews

Thein Taung Pagoda Monastery

Reviewed By KPtourism - Yangon (Rangoon), MyanmarYangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Excellent sunset or sunrise

The square in the compound of the monastery. You have to climb up for 100 meter height and as you reach up atop, you get amazed the view over the town, Kalaw. But be warned, be careful the dogs, they bite.

5. Kalaw Myoma Market

Pyi Taung Su Road, Kalaw, Myanmar Food & Drink, Shopping, Flea & Street Markets, Farmers Markets More
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Kalaw Myoma Market

Reviewed By francis_martino - MyanmarMyanmar

Lovely local product ,cloth ,food in place

It is only one national market very cheap price fresh vegetables too crowd.Expected a local living experience, encountered honest vendors who treated you like your friends.Very different to anything I have seen before.You can buy wholesale vegetables ,clo

6. Kalaw Railway Station

Kalaw, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Kalaw Railway Station

Reviewed By Horst S - Lauchringen, GermanyLauchringen, Germany

Takes you back in time

Kalaw Station has probably not changed very much in the last 100 years. Walking through the station feels like stepping back into colonial times. Take a look into the Stationmaster's Office, study the timetables or just sit in the waiting room. It is no m

7. Mr. Bike Hsipaw Trekking

City Center Hsipaw, Hsipaw, Myanmar Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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5 based on 163 reviews

Mr. Bike Hsipaw Trekking

Hsipaw Jungle Trekking is a small local community business set up and run solely by Mr. Bike, a local guide who speaks fluent English and two local dialects. We aim to provide local and international travelers with a genuine experience into the nature of northern Shan hills and life of the local ethnic people in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Reviewed By Lisa031992 - The Hague, The NetherlandsThe Hague, The Netherlands

Amazing trekking

Last week we did the 3 day, 2 night trekking. I really enjoyed being off the grid for a couple of days. The nature is beautiful, especially during the jungle trekking on the second day. I also loved the location of our 2 accomodations. There was plenty of

8. Kakku Pagodas

| Está en Taunggyi, no en Kyaing Tong, Taunggyi, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 279 reviews

Kakku Pagodas

Reviewed By Geeess - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

Magical

These are a hidden gem and a real wonder. Over 2500 pagodas over a small area. Originally from the 12th century many were added on on next centuries. Each pagoda is different merging many styles. An earthquake in 2016 destroyed or damaged about 1000 pagod

9. Christ The King Church

University Road, Kalaw 06021, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites, Lookouts More
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Christ The King Church

Reviewed By francis_martino - MyanmarMyanmar

Worth visit to Christ The King Church Kalaw

Christ The King Church is excellent monument of history and architecture. From here you are going to get stunning views at the Kalaw City itself. Pretty view of the city from up here, would be a lot nicer if they maintained the grounds and cleaned up the

10. Hnee Paya

Hnee Pagoda Street, Kalaw, Myanmar Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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3.5 based on 29 reviews

Hnee Paya

Reviewed By B1714D - Belgrade, SerbiaBelgrade, Serbia

The Bamboo Buddha

Visiting this temple was on our tour itinerary. The temple is secluded in the highland woods around Kalaw.The main attraction and sanctity is the sitting Buddha made of bamboo. You can learn that only from your tour guide, as it looks just like any other

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