Heho is a
small town located in Kalaw Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State of Myanmar
(formerly Burma). It is the primary air gateway to tourist areas such as Inle
Lake. Heho is on the main motor road between Taunggyi, the capital of the Shan
States, to Meiktila, the closest major town on the plains of Burma. A dirt road
northwest from Heho leads to the old silver-lead mines of Maw Son (Baw Zaing).
It was a small village of Danu people. The village grew into a town in the 1920s
when the single-line railway line was extended from Aungban to Shwenyaung, and
Heho was determined to be a convenient intermediate stop and passing place.
Later an airport was built, 2.5 miles northwest of the town. The airport served
as an airbase both for the Allies and the Japanese during World War II. The
airbase was heavily bombed by the Allies. Evidence of aircraft bunker revetments
and bomb craters can still be seen on the southern end of the airfield,
especially noticeable from the air.
Reasons to visit
Heho is the gateway town to the popular tourist haven of
Inle Lake in central Myanmar. It lies in the Taunggyi District in Shan State,
southeast of Mandalay, and is fairly easy to access (for Myanmar) as it is
located on a fairly major highway.Heho grew from a small village populated by
Danu people and later made town status around the 1920s when a railway stop was
established here on the way to nearby Shwenyaung. Luckily, Heho is on the main
road from Taunggyi to Meiktila or it would be a real headache to get to.Sights
to check out in Heho include the old airport just out of town that was used by
both the Allies and the Japanese in WWII. The airport was later bombed by the
Allies and craters are still in evidence. The other main attraction in Heho is
the nearby Maw Son (Baw Zaing) silver mines, which is accessed by dirt track
Maw Son (Baw Zaing) silver
Just outside town and accessible by single-track road.
A relaxing lake resort with villages, and floating gardens
located at an altitude of 1328 metres in southern Shan State. It is best known
for high quality Shan silk, and for its fishermen, who row their boats standing
upright, using one leg to power the oar. The surrounding region includes the
picturesque hill stations of Kalaw, Pindaya and Taunggyi and offers
opportunities for walking and rock-climbing.
Bamboo Products,Coconut Masks,Folk Dolls,Gold
Leaf,Gold Embroidery,Jewellery,Jewels,Kalaga Embroidered
Tapestries,Lacquerware,Leather Crafts,Longyi,Shan Style Shoulder
Bags,Silverware,Stone Carvings,Teakwood Furniture,Traditional Puppets,Tribal
Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda Festival.