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Travel Guide Asia Myanmar Shan State

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Introduction

Road to Namhsan

Road to Namhsan

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The Shan State was created as an area for the Shan people, an ethnic minority in Myanmar. The Shan people controlled most of Myanmar from 13th to the 16th century. After that time, they split into many different tribal groups and became different tribute groups to the Bamar King.

Often during the 20th century, different Shan groups tried to separate from Myanmar. Most of the time the rebellions ended quite quickly. Today, most of the Shan State is rural with small villages. There is some limited mining, but drug production sadly remains a major part of the economy. The Shan State is considered part of the Golden Triangle and local drug lords control some areas of the country side, although most of the Shan State is very safe, and has quite stunning sights with wonderful people. This area of Myanmar should be on anyone's must see list when visiting the country.

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Geography

The Shan State is the largest administrative region in Myanmar, by land area, covering about a quarter of Myanmar. The Shan State is in the eastern central part of Myanmar that borders Thailand, Laos and China. Most of the Shan State is a plateau with mountains to the north and south. The Thanlwin (Salween) River runs long the eastern edge of the state.

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Cities

  • Taunggyi
  • Nyaung shwe are the towns around Inle Lake.
  • Kalaw is a nice little town that has great treks.
  • Kengtung
  • Tachileik
  • Hsipaw
  • Lashio

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Sights and Activities

  • Inle Lake
  • Pindaya Caves
  • Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (Jumping Cats)
  • Thaung Tho Kyaung

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Weather

Shan State has a hot and humid tropical climate. Temperatures are well above 30 degrees Celcius during the day and mostly around 20 degrees at night, except for the highest areas wheren temperatures are somewhat lower. Temperatures from mid March to May can reach close to 40 degrees in the lower parts of Shan State making this time rather unpleasant for visiting the city. This time is often called the hot dry season.
From June to October is rainy season. There is massive amounts of rainfall this time of year
The best time to visit is during the cool dry season which is December to February. During this period there is still warm and pleasant weather with pleasant nights between 13 and 16 degrees, colder in the mountains though. It usually is dry and rather sunny during these months.

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Eat

Some of the best food in Myanmar originates from the Shan State.

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Sleep

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