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!
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.