Northern Shan State
Hsibaw came to be the place where once “The Sawbwas” the Shan Chiefs had their Haw or palace here. It also became to be a popular location where many tourists would come and enjoy the simplicity of this area. The old Shan Palace which is a huge house, an architectural design reminiscent of the British country home is still here in Hsibaw. Places of interest are Shan Palace and the shan style Bawgyo Paya on the Mandalay-Lashio road. You can go by car from Mandalay, it takes hours seeing countryside.
This township of mostly Shan-Chinese and Chinese inhabitants are located at the northern end of the last station of the train journey from Mandalay. Lashio is in a mountain basin at 855m- clouds may form and deliver rain at almost any time of the year. It is divided into two main districts, Lashio Lay (little Lashio) and Lashio Gyi (big Lashio), connected by Mandalay-Muse road. Lashio Lay is the newer and bigger of the two districts. The Sightseeing places are the Chinese temple, the market and the hot water spring.
Muse, a small town on the banks of the Shweli River, is the main border gateway between Myanmar and Yunnan Province (China). Located 190km from Lashio, it is a bustling trading centre. Muse motel has modern facilities. Namkham and Kyukoke are nearby border towns. You can go there by car from Mandalay, it takes hours.