History and Nature Prevails at Pyin Oo Lwin

History and Nature
Prevails at Pyin Oo Lwin

Looking for higher grounds while tracing colonial footsteps? Pyin Oo Lwin is one of Myanmar’s
posterchild for hill station relaxation with an abundance of natural and historical
landmarks. To up the ante, we add a horse-drawn cart ride to the equation.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Those seeking to escape the heat of the central plains need only travel 80 kilometres east of Mandalay, up a winding road to the old British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). Although the main road through town serves as a busy trade route for trucks carrying goods to and from China, exploring the area’s back roads will reveal quaint Edwardian cottages dating back to the colonial era.

Touches of its colonial past remain visible even though its gardens and parks where flowers, strawberries and even coffee beans are grown. Heritage, history and horticulture, Pyin Oo Lwin has it all!

TRAIL ITINERARY

History and Nature Prevails at Pyin Oo Lwin

08:00 - 18:00

Early morning pick up from your hotel in Mandalay by your private guide and driver for a scenic 2-hour drive to Pyin Oo Lwin. Created by the British colonial rulers to escape the Mandalay tropical heat, the town nowadays attracts domestic and international visitors, eager to see its colonial buildings, churches, and manicured gardens. It comes as no surprise that many images depicting the charm and rustic side of Pyin Oo Lwin with plenty of flowers, strawberries and coffee beans.

Upon arrival, visitors will immediately be charmed by this delightful small town of colonial-style buildings, markets, and a botanical garden. Feel the historical atmosphere by travelling through town in a traditional, colourful horse-drawn carriage. Little beats an exploratory ride through Pyin Oo Lwin on a horse-drawn carriage. Still seen as a popular means of transportation in this former British hill station, guests will pass some of the most noteworthy buildings in this quaint town. With your camera in your hand, there will be plenty of photo moments passing by.

After lunch at a simple local restaurant, venture out to visit the Peik Chin Myaung Cave, almost as old as the land itself. The cave itself is an extensive network of naturally created caverns and passages, filled with small temples and Buddha images. Proceed afterwards to the Pwe Kauk Fall, a favourite picnic spot for residents before we head back to Mandalay. During the British occupation, the waterfalls were named Hampshire Falls. With its location outside town way towards Lashio, this little natural hideaway has long been seen as the spot for a relaxing moment. Added to the spectacle, the scenery around this favourite past-time spot for those living in and around Pyin Oo Lwin is of indescribable beauty.

Arrival back in Mandalay will be around 6 pm after a full day of unmissable highland exploration in charming Myanmar.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Mandalay. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Sagaing, Amarapura, Monywa, river cruise ports and Mandalay’s International airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • During this tour, we will enter religious sites where a dress code may be applicable. Please dress respectfully by wearing clothing that cover the knees and shoulders, avoid wearing clothing with obscene prints or pictures. Failure to comply may result in denying access into these sites.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power. We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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