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Lashio was particularly important during the Second World War as part of the transport route to China – the “Burma Road” – which supplied food and arms to Chiang Kai-Shek’s Kuomintang Army. Closing this channel was thus one of the principal reasons the Japanese decided to invade Burma in 1941.
Lashio has repeatedly had to rebuild itself from the ashes, most recently after 1988 when a fire ripped through the town. Thus, not much of historical interest remains to be seen.
Nonetheless, while in the town it is worth visiting the Maha Bodayaong, from within its seven-storey tower you can look over a wide view of the town, the Thatana Pagoda up a steep staircase from the Muse Road, and the Myoma Market between Landmadaw Street and Thukha Road.