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Trekking in Shan State – Part 1

On February 8th, I went for a walk. Having spent two nights in Hsipaw, I had met some other travellers, including three Canadians (one from BC, two from Ontario). We decided to go trekking together, and after fruitless attempts to catch a bus to Namhsan to start the walk back to Hsipaw, we ended up changing our plan to walk from Hsipaw to Namhsan and then bus back.

Crossing a bridge:

Crazily large parasite plant living in a tree:

Strange inedible berry:

My three trekking companions:

At the end of our first day of walking, we had reached a small village. We arranged to stay above a small shop, and eat food there too. A bunch of little children were interested in us, and they loved having their photos taken.

Having some tea:


Children playing around for the camera:

This is the room we slept in, which wasn’t very comfortable and was extremely cold at night:

We covered only 13 km that day, as we started quite late. It was a good day of walking, though, and the next day we had a big breakfast before continuing on our journey.

Hsipaw, Shan State

Having arrived in Hsipaw, I hung around town for a couple of days and took it easy. This post is just a random assortment of 8 photos from my short stay in Hsipaw.

I met a few other travellers at the guesthouse, and spent time with them for meals and conversation. While having a beer, this guy visited our table:

Buddhist nuns walking down the street in Hsipaw:

Interesting billboard in Hsipaw:

At the market, among other things for sale, were every part of a pig. Featured here: legs and brains.

Helmets with the distinctive shape of the WWII Nazi army helmets have become hugely popular for motorcyclists in Thailand and Burma recently. A small number of them even have the Nazi swastika on them! Very strange.

Oxcarts are everywhere in Burma:

This man was leading his water buffalo through town, not sure why, but it was making an amusing face:

So those are the photos I took in Hsipaw. On February 8th, I started a very long walk in the company of three other Canadians I had met in the guesthouse. More on that fun-filled trek in the coming posts.