Myanmar’s Shan State in the picture

Myanmar’s Shan State in the picture


Physically, most of us are confined to our four walls, but mentally we’re still allowed to explore! As we stay safe, healthy and at home, there’s no limit on inspiration and creativity, so we’re continuing our “…in the picture” series to introduce Myanmar’s Shan State!

Although it’s been a few years since Myanmar opened its doors to the outside world, the greater part of this deeply spiritual destination remains an intriguing mystery. Through the eyes of our resident videographer, Roman Giger, the welcoming and easy atmosphere of one of its most beautiful regions, Shan State, is captured and revealed in our latest blog.

Take a look at the smiles, hills, temples and rice fields he came across!

One of the happiest smiles we’ve ever seen – a woman from the Pa-O tribe (whose people have largely settled at Inle Lake) greets Roman cheerfully.


Cycling here is about a lot more than just being active, and travelers can expect an immersive introduction to farm and village life in this predominantly rural part of Myanmar.


A woman sets about uprooting the rice that is ready for cultivation.


Colorful wooden stilt houses line the narrow rivers that lead into Myanmar’s famous Inle Lake. 


A young group of Buddhist monks share a few laughs during their daily break.


Hiking enthusiasts have no shortage of rolling hills to cover in Shan State, all at an easy pace (it doesn’t get too steep around here).


Women from the Pa-O tribe catch a ride on a truck to transport their daily goods.


Local farmers herd cattle back to their homes after grazing.


Freshly-made Shan dishes are prepared for active guests during a tasty stop-over.


It’s a sight to behold – the famed Pindaya Caves of Shan State house over 8,000 (mostly) golden Buddha statues.


A Myanmar family welcomes hikers into their home for a traditional dinner. 


The Kyay Zar Kone Monastery sits peacefully, raised above the calm waters of Inle Lake.


In the quiet town of Pindaya, travelers can stop by a local family’s tea plantation after a cycle and learn about the craft of tea-making while enjoying a cup (or two).


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For more special insight into Myanmar’s Shan State and our active offerings in Southeast Asia, contact us directly at [email protected]!

Matteo Galeazzi

Easia Active Manager

Matteo not only has extensive academic background in tourism, but has also gained valuable insight while living and working in multiple destinations around the world. His energy and enthusiasm for active as well as sustainable travel are what make him a strong driving force within the Easia Active team.


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