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One of the key destination for those that want to take in a hike or two or a route if you want to travel over the Gotiek Viaduct. A sleepy town that has enough character to keep you there for a few days and then a few more. A real insight into local life.

Hsipaw City Map

Featured Accommodation

   Lily - The Home/ Nam Kahe Mao Guest House II
Address: 108 Aung Thepye Street
Prices from:  Single $7, Double $16, Triple $24
Includes: breakfast, Wi-Fi, PC access
Tel: 082 803 18 / 082 804 08  
Email:  NamKhaeMaoGuestHouse@gmail.com Web:
They really have thought things out at Lily The Home. A business venture that targets all levels of budget for the area. Well worth having a look at their featured section for more information and photographs. [more]

    Evergreen Guest House
Address: 134 Thein Ni Street
Prices from:  Single $8, Double $10
Includes: breakfast, Wi-Fi (from, December)
Tel: 082 806 70 Email: Web:
Prices are for shared bathroom. On the western side of town, a short walk from the train-station, this friendly guest house has plenty of options. It’s a new build that offers upgrades from the shared bathroom options listed to $15 double/ en-suite/ fan and $20 double/ en-suite/ AC.

    Mr Charles Hotel
Address: 105 Auba Street
Prices from: $14+
Includes: en-suite, Wi-Fi, breakfast
Tel: 082 801 05 Email: Web:
If I had to write a formula for the pricing policy at Mr Charles’ hotel, you’d need a degree to understand it. It previously stood out from the other guest houses, though some of the newer builds are giving it some stiff competition. A little further out of the centre of town (and a taxi ride from the train station) the best policy is to call, tell them what you would like and reserve a room. Once you’re there you can then look at all of the options first hand.

    Mr Kid Hotel
Address: 124 Bogyoke Road
Prices from: Dorm Ks, Single 5,000ks, Double 10,000Ks
Includes: Free trekking information
Tel: 082 800 66 Email: Web:
Prices are for shred bathroom, but upgrade your double room to en-suite for just 2,000Ks more. This place is close to the train station and does have character. It’s not the most modern of builds, but the staff are exceedingly helpful and friendly. If you’re into trekking then this could be the place to head to; for guests they’ll show you 1 day (directions to a village and they can organise lunch for 2,000Ks per person), 2 day and 4 day treks that you can take yourself of on; no guide needed. Guides can be organised if needed. As well as the maps, they’ll also book you a place for each of the nights if you follow their maps (6,000Ks per person, per night). They only accept payment in Kyats and they do allow locals to stay, meaning that you could be woken earlier than you would expect if you were staying at a dedicated tourist hotel.

    Nam Kahe Mao Guest House I
Address: 134 Bogyoke
Prices from:  Single $7, Double $14, Triple $21
Includes: breakfast, Wi-Fi, PC access
Tel: 082 800 77 / 082 800 88  Email:  NamKhaeMaoGuestHouse@gmail.com Web:
Prices are for shared bathroom. The older of Dr Aung’s two guest houses, and hence a little cheaper. A standard double with en-suite is $25 and superior room $30.

Eating and Drinking
    Law Chun (Mr Cook)
Address:  (South side)
Prices from: Starters/ Sides 1,000Ks , Mains 1,300 , Water 300Ks , Draught Beer 500Ks 
To quote a young couple from Hong Kong “Its good clean Chinese food”. And a look at the prices as well, what more can you say? With big round tables it’s also a great place to just sit and chat with other travellers as well.

Address: Namtu Road
Prices from: BBQ  sticks 100Ks , Water 300Ks , Tinned Beer 700Ks 
Rough and ready, but the food is fresh and tasty.

Travel – local travel, arriving and leaving
Bus to Mandalay 4,500Ks leaving at 0530.

There are several options from Hsipaw, though the main route for travellers is to head down to Pyin Ooo Lwin. 

Mandalay-Lashio 131Up 132Dn
There’s not much difference in the classes, other than a lick of extra paint, a little less noise and a thicket cushion. The following tables show the times and fares from Pyin Oo Lwin along the main Mandalay-Lashio train line. Read the timetable in accordance with the direction of the train. If there are two times, then the earlier time represents the time of arrival. 

Mandalay – Lashio

131Up – 132 Down

























Gokteik Viaduct










Pyin Oo Lwin











Gokteik viaduct 
Most likely one of the very few train journey’s that anyone would opt to do in Myanmar. The viaduct itself is now a metal construction but as you travel over you can look down onto the old wooden construction. It really doesn’t matter which side of the train you are on, as it weaves down the hillside towards the bridge. As well, the Gokteik train station is on the southern side of the bridge, affording you the chance to alight and take pictures A pleasant option to travel between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hispaw. It is possible do this as a day return assuming the trains aren’t running too late. 

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