Hsipaw is a fascinating town that everyone must visit. This is where it starts to actually feel like you’re travelling. With so much to see and do, this area is perfect for budget backpackers trying to get off the beaten path. The surrounding Shan Villages are set amongst some spectacular mountain scenery, rice paddies, rivers, ancient payas, natural hot springs and beautiful rushing waterfalls. But more importantly, the Shan Villages are home to some of the friendliest faces you’ll see in Myanmar. The town of Hsipaw itself isn’t all that appealing, but get a map from your hotel and set off on a bike or on foot to explore what the surrounding countryside has to offer. This is also a jumping off point for trekking through the surrounding hillsides.