Lashio Market

Lashio's geographical position close to the border with China makes it the end of the 'Old Burma Road' - a trade route that allowed goods to pass between China and Myanmar during the Second World War. The town's inhabitants range from indigneous Shan people, to other traders from around Myanmar, and Chinese salesmen who come here to play their trade or sell their wares. This heady mix of different influences gives Lashio a vibrant feel which extends to its famous market.

The large, sprawling market sells myriad goods from all over Myanmar bound for China and also many which have come straight from nearby China on their way to the cities of Mandalay or Yangon. There is also a thriving fresh market with vegetables, meat and other local products brought in daily by local farmers. 

A visit to Lashio makes for an interesting extension from Hsipaw and you can either come for the day to see the market, and its elegant pagodas, before heading straight back or you can choose to overnight in one of the cheap and cheerful guesthouses that the town provides - waking up early to see the market at its most active. 

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