Shan state is famous for its pleasant and cool weather, geography and enchanting itineraries. Shan is one of the largest states of Myanmar covering almost a quarter of Myanmar land area. It exists at the eastern part of Myanmar and is the homeland of many ethnic groups and renowned for unique cultures and famous tourism destinations such as Taunggyi, Inle, Hsipaw, Kalaw and more. One of the struggles of the people in the rural areas of Shan state is the lack of electricity, over 50% of the villages don't have access to power.

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Shan state is divided into 3 main parts – Sounthern Shan State, Northern Shan State and Eastern Shan State with sub-divided 11 districts – Taunggyi, Loilen, Kyaukme, Muse. Laukkaing,Kunlong, Laoshioo and Keng Tung districts. It is home to a large number of Shan people, as well as other ethnic groups such as the Karen, Pa-O, Intha, Lahu, Lisu, Taungyo, Danu, Palaung, Ahka, Kachin and so on with each unique culture traits, including languages, religions and tradtional dresses.

Why you should visit here?

  1. Residing various ethnic groups make Shan state different from other regions where you can see various ethnic culture, livelihood and traditions only in one region. Possessing many scenic destinations and having cool weather make the state attractive and diverse

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Inle Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

This year, as the golden sun of 2023 rises, the second-largest lake - Inle prepares to host one of Myanmar's most enchanting celebrations: the Inle Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival. Read more here.

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Are you looking for a unique travel experience with a cozy environment and beautiful sights? If so, then look no further than Kalaw, Myanmar – a stunning town tucked away in the hills of western Shan State.

Kalaw: The Best of Myanmar for the Xmas Getaway 

Kalaw is an ideal destination for the chillier months of the year! With its pleasant chilly climate, picturesque landscape and interesting culture, Kalaw is most certainly the perfect gateway for your Xmas Holiday.

Five childhood Nostalgic snacks

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Things to Explore around Inle Lake

Inle is home to about 70,000 Intha people, local residents of Inle who are known to be hardworking folks. There are 17 villages on the lake's shores and islands on the lake possessing different traditions and cultures which are unique in their own way. Learn more about Inle here.........

The Magnificent Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

Myanmar people who are prosperous with diverse traditions and who are keen to have fun hold the respective festivals every month according to Myanmar Lunar Festival. So, 12 different festivals are mostly held on each full moon day with its own tradition and specification that some full moon days are even national holidays and some are not. Besides, some are held nationwide while some are held only in specific regions. Among those 12 festivals, Thazaungdine Fire Balloon festival which is held in 8th Myanmar lunar month called Thazaungmone is a famous and magnificent one.

5 Days Market in Taunggyi

What is 5-day market? Actually, it is not only the market place but also the place you can try different colorful culture tips that will make your experiences alive and unique.


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Best Time to Visit

Among three seasons, late winter and early summer would be the best time of visiting Shan state. Because of possessing Humid Subtropical climate which is separated as winter dry season that is from December to March and Winter Wet Season that is from April to November, generally the best time to visit Shan State is from December to March although it may be different according to your destinations. Having many various destinations with different geography and weather, the recommended time may also be different. Since winter wet season starts from April and some regions have heavy raining since April, if your destination is hilly region or heavily raining region, your itinerary can't be fulfilled.

How to get there

Shan state is accessible by all kinds of transportations except boat or cruise. For planes, there are 14 domestic airports and among them, Heho airport and Keng Tung airport are mostly used. You can also visit by train and the main and most popular track is "going-up line" from Mandalay passing through Pyin-Oo-Lwin, Naung Cho, Gokteik, Nawngpeng, Kyaukme, Hsipaw and leading to Lashio. With car, you can come from most of the cities that there is many direct car lines from major cities of Shan – Taunggyi, Lashio and Keng Tung. When you reach your destinations, there are also some bike or car rental at specific places.

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Kachin State is a start point (Myit-Son) of the big river Irrawaddy with its two headstreams (N'mai and Mali), the most popular ethnic festival, Manaw festival which is an annual traditional dance celebrated by Kachin people, trekking to the highest mountains cover by snow-capped, Mt Phonyin Razi and Sanctuary wildlife at the largest inland lake in Southeast, Indawgyi Lake.


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Mandalay, the former royal capital of Myanmar, is located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar. It is the second largest city of Myanmar and also the economic center of Myanmar. Mandalay is famous for Mandalay Palace, where evidence of the rich history can be found.
Kayah State is located in the eastern part of Myanmar. It is bounded on the north by Shan State, on the east by Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, on the south and west by Kayin State. There are 2 districts which are Loikaw district including 4 townships, Loikaw, Demoso,Hpruso and Shadaw , and Bawlakhe district including 4 townships, Bawlakhe, Hpasawng, Mese and Ywathit.
Kayin is a state located in southeastern Myanmar. It is bordered by Thailand to the east, Bago Region to the north, Kayah State to the south, and Shan State to the west. The region has an area of 11,700 square kilometers and a population of approximately 1.5 million people