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Hsipaw Day 1

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We visited “Little Bagan” this morning, a pair of monasteries with several stupas, some of which are overgrown and crumbling, thus the Bagan comparison. It was a peaceful, shady little corner of Hsipaw and a great introduction to the neighborhood.


We stopped at the Shan Palace next, where Fern, the resident caretaker, let us look around and then delivered a fascinating talk on the history of the Palace. Fern is the wife of Donald, who is the nephew of the last Shan Prince, who died in prison after being arrested by the regime. Donald was imprisoned for 13 years for talking to visiting foreigners, and now lives in Taunngyi. If you want to know more, the Prince’s wife wrote a book about her life in Hsipaw, called Twilight over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess – by Inge Sargent. Fern also explained how Hsipaw emerged as a traveller destination, in a December 1995 edition of the inflight magazine of Myanmar International Airways. The rest is history.


We discovered Shwe Nga Restaurant on the way back, an awesome Shan noodle joint where they serve amazing Chinese clay pot noodles and Shan noodles as well. You can wash it all back with a Singha if the chili starts to overwhelm. We returned mid-afternoon and had more clay pot noodles, and it was even more amazing than our lunchtime visit.


Posted by mjschrum 04:02 Archived in Myanmar Tagged myanmar hsipaw

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Interesting story about former prince; are you communicating with people like "Fern" via an interpreter, or did she speak English? You seem to find a lot of English-speaking residents, which surprises me.

by Jerry S

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