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Kyaukme or Kyauk Me is a surprisingly bustling small town in Shan State in Eastern Myanmar. It's the market town of choice for the surrounding area, and now also features a Chinese quarter almost as big as the rest of the town itself, with the overwhelming majority of the Chinese immigrants engaged in the production of bamboo paper for the Chinese market.

Sketch Map with Places of Interest

Get In[edit]


The Mandalay - Lashio train departs at 0400 and stops at Kyauk Me 1320 but expect delays. Upper class 3950K (October 2015).


There are daily buses to Mandalay leaving at 5.30am from the bus station 3500-4000kyat, 3 buses head to Hsipaw from around 7am-2pm 1000 kyat. It is possible to catch buses in the afternoon coming from Hsipaw and Lashio to Mandalay or Yangon from the main road around 1 mile from the town center. You will need to flag the bus down, many do not actually go into Mandalay but only pass it on the way to Yangon.

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A handwritten sketch of Kyaukme treks

The town itself is not necessarily that interesting, but the surrounding Palaung villages in the hills are sublime and a great destination for trekking. Several Palaung/Shan and Bamar guides offer trekking and/or motorbike tours of the surrounding area, but it's all very small-scale. A local guide who speaks Shan and/or Palaung is preferable, as real interaction with the locals is then possible. The contact details for all the guides are also available in the Guesthouses. A young local guide called Joy provides excellent trekking and motorbike tours of the surrounding villages and is fluent in Shan, Burmese, Palaung, English and Chinese. Contact him at [email protected] and find his website here:

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There are some bamboo/lead paper workshops that are interesting. Also there is an English School that is looking for foreigners to drop in and help with lessons. You will likely be approached if arriving by train.

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  • Thiripyitsayn Food & Drink, 4/54 Shwepeoo Road (Across from main hotel), 08240340. They have good Shan Noodles for 500 Kyat, and also a very good Avocado juice for 500 KYAT.  edit
  • Late night Chapatis, (From A yone oo guesthouse turn left, at the end of the street turn left again and keep walking till you see them cooking chapatis on the sidewalk). from about 5pm, All night. believed to be the only place that stays open all night, people come in for chapati at 4am (and later) apparently! 200 kyat for chapati & curry dip.  edit

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  • Beer Station, (From A yone oo guesthouse turn left, then left again at the end of the street. walk for a few minutes til you go over the canal and the take another left, a few meters along is beer and BBQ!). open til 10 or 10.30pm - thats late for Burma!. Its a bit of a soulless place, but the only one we could find with draught in central Kyaukme 600kyat for myanmar draught.  edit

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  • A Yone OO Guest House, Shwe Phi Oo Road, 082 401 83, [1]. checkout: 12. This used to be the only place in town for foreigners. Rooms are clean and well priced. Breakfast is basic. UPDATE May 2013: If you ask for a double room it will be a twin, they don't understand what a double bed is! Cheapest twin is $12 (single $6), no fan, squat toilet, no breakfast, shower is a trough of cold water. $18 twin is fine(single room $10, triple $25), shared bathroom, fan, occasionally hot water, western toilet. Better quality doubles (probably also twin beds) from $25 up ensuite. no website, but have included a link to photos/video $7 to $40.  edit
  • Northern Rock, Shwe Phi Oo Road (opposite A Yone Oo Guest House), 082 406 60. Northern Rock is a hundred year old building over the road from A Yone Oo guesthouse. They have very recently been issued a license to allow foreigners to stay. Hot showers (sometimes), western style toilets, friendly staff. No WiFi. More expensive air conditioned and private rooms are available (another guest saw no aircon). $6.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Tourists have been injured by mines in the area. [2]


Even Kyauk Me now has internet. There are a few internet cafes around town with cheap but excruciatingly slow connections.

As of June 2015 a SIM card from Telenor will give 3G connection in Kyaukme. These SIMs can be picked up for 2000 kyats, plus a 3000 kyats top-up card, good for 500MB of data (1900 kyats) plus some more.

Get out[edit]


Easiest to book through your accommodation. Goes via Pyin Oo Lynn to Kalaw and Inle Lake. Leaves from the Highway bus stop about 1700. Tuktuk to the Highway stop around 1000K per person. Price to Kalaw is $12 dollars (October 2015) and takes 11 hours plus.


One train per day to Mandalay timetabled to depart at 1125 and arrive 2240, but may be late. Tickets usually on sale at the station a half hour before departure.

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