Shan State

Travel Destination

The largest division in the country. The famous Inle Lake is situated in the region inhabited by the indigenous race, the Inthars who are famed for their leg rowing prowess.Shan States is full of tradition and diversified cultures and hosts many auspicious events, one being the Lantern Festival and also noted for the popular Ma Naw Pwe. There are a variety of cuisines available to savour and one can also witness the numerous attire worn by different trbes. Shan States in noted for the many jade and gold deposits. Also, one can perform pilgrimage by paying homage at the many pagodas. The state experiences cool weather throughout the year. In Shan States, the Zay or Market is open once every 5 days. The largest markets are Pindaya and Nan Pan. The following markets are open on a rotation basis being that of Yatsauk, Pindaya, Naung Shwe, Ho Pon, Moe Nae, Lal Char, Mai Kai, Mai Youn, See Sein (comes under Pindaya group). Heho, Taunggyi, Nan Pan, Naing Mon, Loi Lin, Aung Ban, San Yin, Kalaw (comes under Nan Pan group). The following markets are open 5 days a week ie Indein, main Thawk, Than taung, Yang To. Hairya, Ywa Ma Zay is a floating market and is open daily.


Recommended car route is Yangon-Taunggyi-Kyaington. On the way, one passes through Nam Sam, Loi Lin, Kon Hein, Main Pyin and can witness and experience various tribes and their cultures like Wa, Lahu, Palaung and Shan.Before arriving at Kyaington, one has to negotiate many dangerous mountainous winding roads, so special care should be given when driving. In order to view the whole of Kyaington, one needs to climb up the Thit Thabin mountain top. There is a significant tree named the Kanyin Phyu Bin where even 10 people coming together is insufficient to hold the trunk. The cottage weaving industry in the Inle area in the Southern Shan State is famous for the lotus robes. The famous Inle lake is located in this part and it is a tourist attraction. The Inle Phaungdawoo Pagoda Festival is well known and there are many boat race competitions of the one-legged rowers. Kaku Pagodas are ancient places in the Shan State. Pindaya limestone caves consists of thousands of Buddha images.




Over 4.7

AREA (sq ml)



by plane, train, car




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