Places to Visit in
HSIPAW OLD SHAN PALACE AREA
Hsipaw is on the road between Pyin Oo Lwin and Lashio.
A former Shan prince who married to an Austrian Lady had his residence
in Hsipaw, today however there is little visible. The old palace is
today used as a museum. Most inhabitants of Hsipaw are ethnic Shan.
GOTHEIK RAILWAY VIADUCT
The Gotheik railway viaduct was built around 100 years ago and at that time
was a masterpiece in engineering. It is an impressive steel structure
over a deep valley. The ride is especially interesting as the train
coming from Pyin Oo Lwin stops in front of the viaduct to let an
oncoming southbound train pass. To put least stress on the structure,
the train crawls over the viaduct in snail pace. You can look down
into the deep valley from the train windows.
It’s a town, which as all have a big central market. Pears and other
goods imported from China are sold. One can notice the vicinity to
China, e.g. because of Chinese temples.
There are hot springs.
BORDER TOWN TO CHINA (NEED PRIOR PERMISSION)
Muse is a border town to China, naturally a lot of trade is done
there. Foreigners can in theory enter from China via Muse with prior
permit and can continue to Bamaw via a rough road.
The Shweli River forms the border between Myanmar and China in Muse