Hsipaw is a city located in Northern Myanmar. It is a 14-hour bus journey from Inle Lake. While Hsipaw is home to a few waterfalls and pagodas, it is mostly known as a trekking destination.
Hsipaw’s surroundings are managed by rebel groups with conflicts occuring from time to time. One that want to go through a village have to get its chief authorization in the first place. At the time this blog is being written, areas that are not restricted are quite limited. One of the only open path is an easy 16km hike with a positive 771m from Hsipaw to Pan Kham. If your willing to walk up to 32km, the hike is doable on a day. Otherwise, you might have to go through a trekking agency as I can’t see a way to find a place yourself up there. Be aware that hiking off the beaten track is not really an option. The area is full of landmines.
I was quite excited about hiking this area as I have read nothing but incredible traveler reviews. What a disappointment! Even though I enjoyed the trek, Hispaw’s landscapes have absolutely zero interest. When it comes to the local life, it is not more incredible than any other place in Southeast Asia. If you are short on time, the Kalaw to Inle trek wins over a million times.