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The 6 most important activities in Pyin Oo Lwin
Tucked away in the chilly plateaus of Burma, the Pyin Oo Lwin top resort began its lives as a refuge for cold Britons desperately trying to flee the hot summers of Mandalay. At that time the city was called Maymyo - or'May Town' - after Colonel James May of the Bengali Infantry 5, who was based there in 1886.
Built in the city' s own Edwardian manner, the lush garden and Edwardian-style building still point to its past as a colony and give Pyin Oo Lwin - combined with its agreeable weather - an air unlike any other in Burma. Wood homes and tile and wooden homes characterize the Pyin Oo Lwin architectural landscape, which differs from the large cold building colonies of Yangon and Mandalay.
Walking through the center of Pyin Oo Lwin for a while, you will see a rather strange sight: horseback riding connected to old-fashioned horse drawn carriage decorated in lively pink, green, purple and red. Apart from the city' s strange temporal travelling behaviour, this is an adventure not to be missed. of course, it is also a great way to get to know the city. The Pyin Oo Lwin Botanic Garden - the National Kandawgyi Garden - was laid out in 1915 by the British forestry official Alex Roger.
Although the city itself is a very nice place to spend a few relaxing hours, Pyin Oo Lwin is also an ideal starting point for walks in the nearby mountain range. Myanmar is home to over 135 different minority peoples, and in the Pyin Oo Lwin hilly area you'll find indigenous communities hiding in the woods where lives continue as they have for hundreds of years.
A further British heritage, the old railroad, leads through Pyin Oo Lwin on its way from Mandalay to Lashio in the centre of Shan State. Even if you don't want to go that far, the section of rail that links Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw is one of the most exciting rail trips in the whole wide sense of the word and crosses the Goteik viaduct: a rail car constructed in 1900 that sits more than 100 meters above the valle.
The 120 meter high Anisakan Falls are located in the country at the gates of Pyin Oo Lwin and make a wonderful excursion from the city. From Pyin Oo Lwin it will take about 20-30 min by auto to the parking lot of the falls, then another 40 min via precipitous jungles to the falls themselves.
Just hire a bike in the city and drive off on your own. On every journey to Myanmar Pyin Oo Lwin makes a fabulous stop, not only as an escapade from the hot weather, but as a stunning stark contrasting image to the lowland world. It''s well linked to Mandalay by roads and tracks and can be added to most routes - take a look at our Hidden Trails of Burma!