Inside Burma Tours

Lashio

The largest town and administrative centre of northern Shan State, Lashio is unlikely to be the highlight of any visit to this part of Burma, but is a handy hub for journeys in the region.

Lashio Map

“In Lashio I recommend heading to the local markets, which are particularly interesting thanks to the town's proximity to the Chinese border.”

Charlotte Bower, Travel Consultant

Lashio came under British control in the late 19th century, and was finally reached by the Mandalay railway line in 1903. The town played an important role during World War II, proving a vital staging post on the famous Burma Road, and is an important town in cross-border trade with China today.

The largest town in northern Shan State, Lashio is the administrative centre of the region and has a population of around 130,000. Modern visitors will find a few remnants of the colonial era, but aside from a couple of interesting pagodas the town will not detain the passing tourist for long.

Recommended Accommodation in Lashio

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Burmese-style inns of Lashio.

Weather in Lashio

The Climate Guide for Lashio is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 24 26 30 31 30 29 28 28 29 28 25 23
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 5 6 9 14 18 21 21 21 20 17 12 7
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 8 8 8 7 6 4 3 4 5 6 7 8
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None Low Moderate Moderate High High Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Low None
Days with some Rainfall 1 2 2 6 14 19 21 23 17 12 6 1
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 7 8 10 60 144 209 234 288 188 153 68 17
UV Index (Maximum) 7 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 6