Mandalay to Pyin U LwinThe Mandalay to Pyin U Lwin
Treasure of Upper Burma: By motorcycle from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin
I just took my messenger case, which contained a cam, a small computer, a changing of dresses and a tooth brush, and slowed down my red-black China roller on 3 National Highway and took a right turn on a slippery tree-lined highway. Pyin Oo Lwin lies at an elevation of 1070 meters only 67 kilometers due to the East of Mandalay.
Than Daung Ywa Ma is about half way to Pyin Oo Lwin, a good place to spread your feet, chill the bike and eat and drink. Luckily, most of the motorway between Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin is made up of two highways - one for up and one for down, so you don't have to worry about cars on the way up.
More and more street stalls near the city are selling strawberry jams, as well as coffees, spirits and other produce from the region. At the significantly lower temperatures it is easily seen why the British preferred life in Pyin Oo Lwin, then known as Maymyo ("May's Town"), after the British Colonel May, who was based there in 1887.
It was later used by UK authorities as a tourist resort, and the town is full of memories of the UK settlement, such as All Saints Anglican Church, a classical brickwork house in a cold, wooded area. It also has a significant indigenous community that came to Maymyo during the war.
There are many accommodation options in Pyin Oo Lwin, some reconstructed villas belonging to the Spanish authorities and some new houses in the town centre near the Purcell Watchcabin. This whole place is like a wildlife preserve, reminiscent of the time of Britain and different from any other town in Myanmar. Next day I took my roller to the town centre and discovered an cybercafe.
There all the young Defense Services Akademie staff recorded the computer in uniforms as the café proprietor was serving dishes of steamed pasta for breakfasts. It is situated on a large site opposite the city center. Founded in 1954 and involving the educational style of the British Sandhurst Military College and the US Military College in West Point, the men graduate with bachelor's degrees in liberal art and natural science.
In the café many of the Kadetten played computer gimmicks; it seemed to be a meeting place on a daily basis. So I took the roller to the bakery and the Café Golden Triangle and ordered a crossbar and a sweet rolls for the way back to Mandalay. Aside from the worries about the brake on the roller, the trip was very pleasant.
I was happy to leave the sofa and TV for a fun and exciting trip to what was perhaps Myanmar's hottest town.