Pyin Oo Lwin to HsipawOo Lwin Pyin to Hsipaw
Mountain Pyin Oo Lwin
Having stayed three and a half day in the scorching and frantic Mandalay, we agreed that it would be good to pursue the British who governed Burma (as they still call Myanmar) for about a hundred years to flee to the north-eastern foothills of Shan State. First we drove to the former mountain terminal of Pyin Oo Lwinby and divided the back seats with an older and very talkative old woman ("from Vladivostok" - just think of a very strong emphasis - and an enthusiastic follower of President Putin).
Well-known for his colourful and charming horse-drawn coaches and the Botanical Garden. We took the railway from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw, further eastwards into the Shan State area. It was recommended that we buy a ticket the previous morning to get the places on the lefthand side of the run.
They offer the best view of the Gokteik-Viadukt, the dilapidated 97 metre high railroad lift, which was constructed over a ravine in 1901. At the end, an additional beaten car was added to the platoon, which appeared as if it had not been used for years. As well, the platoon slowly traversed the Gokteik-Viadukt, as the platoon jerked from one side to the other for seven inches.
However, as railway enthusiasts we would not have missed it, because the beautiful landscape and the locals are gradually overtake. Hsipaw (700 metres high) is (still) off the beaten track of Myanmar. Eugénie didn't feel 100%, but hiking and biking in the immediate vicinity of Hsipaw was also worthwhile.
There is a small sanctuary on the top and (sunset) sights of Hsipaw were cute. Of what we collected from other travellers, the longer walks on the nearby mountains were great, but did not contribute much to experience the towns and lives of the area in comparison to discovering the city on your own.
However, if you have never slept in a nearby hamlet and enjoyed a hike, it should be a rewarding one. Sleeping - In Pyin Oo Lwin we spend a nice overnight stay at the simple Mya Nan Taw Hotel, which had seen better times. At Hsipaw we slept three overnight stays in a double room at Lily the Homeguesthouse.
The room seemed a little sparse, but was roomy, had A/C ( (not really necessary in November) and warm running waters (the hydrostatic pressures were sometimes a little unsafe). The buffet breakfasts were offered in the roof top dining area of the new house overlooking Hsipaw. Food - Hsipaw has several places to dine that are nicely on his purse.
Dinner at Low Chun, a China based food place, and Ah Kong Kaik, a Myanmar based caterer. Curry are served with various side orders, as is customary in Myanmar's restaurants. If you are visiting the Hsipaw area, stop at Mrs. Popcorn's Garden for a fresh sip.
However, the deck chair was not very comfy and the backyard seemed a little dreary, but the landlady was a very kind and friend. The best way to/from Hsipaw is by rail in at least one direction. Read more articles about Myanmar: