Nestled in the hills of northern Shan State, the sleepy town of Hsipaw is located 200km northeast of Mandalay by train or car. Often referred to as an unexpected wonder, the area is regarded by many to be one of the best and most accessible hiking destinations in the whole of South East Asia. Whilst hiking programmes can vary significantly in length, all will provide a unique insight into traditional Shan village life and the chance to venture into a land, which up until now has remained relatively unexplored. It is also possible to enjoy Hsipaw’s spectacular scenery on a boat cruise along the banks of the Dokhtawaddy River. The town boasts a bustling local market, where you can find everything from replacement machine parts to live chickens. Another highlight is a visit to the grand colonial residence of the famed Shan Prince Sao Kya Seng, whose tragic life story was famously documented in the book Twilight Over Burma.