27 May, 2019
In recent years the small town has started to resemble something of a Thai island getaway – without the beaches. Appear to outnumber private residences in the ‘downtown’ area, a trekking agency or restaurant is never more than a few steps away and the nights buzz with the sound of live music and partying.
Despite all this, the town’s popularity has yet to negatively impact its nearly picture-perfect setting in a mountain valley. There’s heaps of quiet accommodation outside the main drag, a host of natural, lazy activities to keep visitors entertained, and a vibrant art and music scene. The town’s Shan roots can still be seen in its temples, quiet backstreets and fun afternoon market.