Hsipaw, on the banks of Duthawadi River, is one of the most unspoiled towns in Myanmar.
The surrounding hills are excellent for trekking and further highlights include river cruises, remote Shan monastery and village visits and cycling through the almost unworldly picturesque countryside. The Central Market at it is one of the best markets to visit in all of Myanmar. Shans, Kachins, and other groups come here to trade regularly. Because so few tourists visit Hsipaw, the merchandise is primarily for villagers who go there to shop. Radios, spare parts, diverse foodstuffs, and of course, Shan clothing (trousers, hats, sandals). The market begins and ends early, starting at 3.30am and pretty much wrapping up by 6am.