The Gateway to Southern Shan State | Thahara
A boat speeds across Inle Lake in Myanmar

The Gateway To Southern Shan State

Most travelers to visit Shan State arrive by plane at Heho Airport. Heho was originally a village made up of Danu— one of 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar. Heho took off in the 1920s when the railway arrived and an airfield was constructed. Today bomb craters and bunkers dating from World War II can still be seen when aircraft come into land.

Once out of the airport, the road to the southwest takes you to Kalaw – a charming former colonial hill station now considered the “Trekking Capital“ of Myanmar. The road north leads to Pindaya, a beautiful, small town surrounded by mountains.

A local fisherman in Inle Lake, Myanmar

The road to the east heads to Taunggyi, the hillside capital of Shan State. That road also leads to Inle Lake: travelers turn south at Shwe Nyaung and go onto Nyaung Shwe, the busy gateway at the northern tip of the famous lake.

Observing life along the roads is fascinating even as the car heads up and down slopes and along valleys. So fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!