Once considered something of a hidden gem, Hsipaw (pronounced as either “see-paw” or “tee-bor”) is transforming from a sleepy little backwater into a bustling town, thanks both to trade with China and to a burgeoning tourist industry.

Most people visit to go trekking, but Hsipaw itself is an engaging place to wander around. If you explore the backstreets of the town, you’ll find various cottage industries carried out in small shops and family homes, while the riverside produce market is particularly interesting before dawn when it’s lit with candles.

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