Pyin Oo LwinOo Lwin the Pyin
Leading 6 activities in Pyin Oo Lwin
Concealed in the chilly highland of downtown Burma, the top of Pyin Oo Lwin began as a haven for the cold Brits desperately trying to get away from the hottest summers in Mandalay. At that time the city was called Maymyo - or "May Town" - after Colonel James May of the Fifth Bengali Infantry, who was based there in 1886.
Epitomizing the city's history, the Edwardian-style building and numerous parks still give Pyin Oo Lwin - paired with the agreeable weather - an ambience like no other place in Burma. Pyin Oo Lwin's architectural styles are characterised by wood holiday homes and brickwork homes that differ from the large Yangon or Mandalay-colonials.
Walking around downtown Pyin Oo Lwin for a while you will see a strange sight: mounts attached to old-fashioned coaches, dressed in bright pink, green, purple and red. This is an adventure not to be overlooked if you intensify the city' s strange feeling for travelling through the world. The botanic garden of Pyin Oo Lwin - the National Kandawgyi Garden - was created in 1915 by British forestry officer Alex Roger.
Although the city itself is a very nice place to stay, Pyin Oo Lwin is also an ideal starting point for walks in the area. Home to over 135 different minority tribes, Burma's Pyin Oo Lwin foothills are home to indigenous communities hiding in the woods where lives have been going on for hundreds of years.
A further British heritage, the old railroad runs through Pyin Oo Lwin on its way from Mandalay to Lashio in the north of Shan State. The line connecting Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw is one of the most dramatic trains in the whole wide open air network of the Goteik Viaduct: a railroad structure constructed in 1900 that sits more than 100 meters above the riverbed.
The 120-metre high Anisakan Falls in the country outside Pyin Oo Lwin make a wonderful excursion from the city. From Pyin Oo Lwin it is a 20-30 minute drive by private vehicle to the parking lot for the waterfalls, then another 40 minute drive on foot along cliffy jungles to the waterfalls themselves.
So why not hire a bike in the city and go out on your own? On every journey to Myanmar Pyin Oo Lwin makes a wonderful stop, not only as an getaway from the hot weather, but as a captivating contrasting to the lowland world. Well linked to Mandalay by highway and train, it is easy to add to most routes - just check out our Hidden Trails of Burma!