Hsipaw is a small town that is growing rapidly due to heavy traffic of goods between China and Myanmar, as it is on the main road. Ffor tourists the main reason to come is for hiking in the Shan villages. Mr. Charles was the first who opened a backpacker accommodation, and like any good Chinese, turned it into a small inn. It has rooms for $5 with shared bathroom, in a "luxury" townhouse, where the rooms have A/C and TV. Organized boat trips to visit a monastery and a Shan village, besides going through orchards full of pineapples, oranges and lemons. It also organizes 1 or 2 day hikes, which was the option I chose, to Shan villages. I highly recommend it.