Eden Hotel Pyin Oo LwinHotel Eden Pyin Oo Lwin
When you need a rest from the Mandalay sun, come to Pyin Oo Lwin to take in the fresh breezes and breathtaking colors of these wonderful parks. Well, the backyards are vast, so give yourself a lot of patience to see them. There' s a nice and relaxing place with lots of birds, gooses and dark baytops.
Were you in the Maymyo Botanical Garden (Kandawgyi National Park)?
Eden Garden - Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
The Pyin Oo Lwin is a small piece of the sky in the dust of Myanmar. This can be a difficult place for visitors who do not want their funds to go to the authorities, as the major attractions are the state-owned national gardens and a large part of the companies associated with the tourist industry, such as hotel and restaurant, are state-related.
From Hsipaw we came by rail the previous morning and spent the night in an unknown hotel that was not listed in our travel guide, the Queen Inn. The hotel turned out to be convenient and noteworthy in that it was the first hotel to charge us in our home country's domestic currencies (Kyat) instead of the dollar.
It was a good idea to go on foot for about 2 km to the hotel garden, which could have been hell ish in the sweaty Mandalay, but here it was somehow beautiful, especially with some clouds. These are the kind of things that both of us are quite capable of judging: tourist who become'locals' and wear locals' clothes or adopt locals' habits for the weeks they are in the city.
Outfitted with our cheerful shadows, we stumbled through the flower-decorated roads to the garden. Let me just say we're not foreigners in the botanical garden. We' ve been to such parks in towns all over the USA (especially the Shangri La Orchards in Orange, Texas, which we bloogged almost a year ago) and even the whole wide globe (the Japanese Teagarden of Buenos Aires, the Botanical Garden of Penang, and don't even let me start at mountain resorts and greenhouses), but this one was different.
So we missed the baseball stalls, the viewpoint and a fistful of separated yards, even the orchide yard (is it a little dull to say'Eh. I've seen flowers before'?
We had one of the most enjoyable and civilised afternoons of our whole journey. A lot of people miss it because it's relatively costly ($5 goes a long way in Myanmar and it's even easier to think in Myanmar's own currency) and, more important, because it's run by the gouvernment and the ordinary liberal-minded traveller does his best to keep his bucks out of the hands of the oppressing warfare.
Talking to other visitors who made it to Pyin Oo Lwin and didn't make it to the garden, they seemed a little disillusioned about the stop, but we really liked the city, small, lively and strong in India (good eating, English spoken!).