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A city near the China boarder, many Chineses also settle in this nice city. After Mandalay was captured, the British'discovered' Pyin U Lwin at the end of the Third Burmese War. Soon the British set up a British army station there and the name of the settlement was changed to Maymyo (Maistadt) after the commandant of the station, Colonel May, was a vet of the mutiny of India.
It became the UK government's summers home in Burma (the public sector, almost a man, from Rangoon to Maymyo) within a few years of being linked to Mandalay by railway. Shortly afterwards, it became the head office of the Burma Department, a largely Gurkha and Native American Department, and the remains of this department form the nucleus of the "Nepalese" people of Pyin U Lwin.
" Whilst the Surrey analogue seems to be a route for anyone who has been to Surrey, Pyin U Lwin still seems less like Burma than almost anywhere else in the state. Originally released in 1904, Beth Ellis' novel is a disrespectful look at the British Empire in the mountain city of Maymyo (she names it Reymyo) - Pyin U Lwin in contemporary time.
Paul Theroux travels from Mandalay to Maymyo in his railroad trip classics, meeting the janitor of Candacraig and then staying at the Iodge. It is located north of the town and there are connections to and from Mandalay, Hsipaw and Lashio. Mandalayins ( (normal grade US$2, top grade US$4) leave at 4:00 am at 8:09 am.
Hsipaw and Lashio are two a day services (5:30 am, 8:34 am), the trip takes about 6 and 10 hrs respectively and takes you across the Gokteik Viaduct. Hsipaw and Lashio arriving at 15:40 and 18:40. Pyin U Lwin railway is a little far from the city center and most accommodations are available, but horse-drawn carts and cabs are there to hit the locomotives.
From Yangon there is a overnight coach to Pyin U Lwin and back. Coaches are usually full, so it is unlikely that you will get a place to sit when you leave Pyin U Lwin. He will stop at Mandalay Central Railway Terminal, but you will continue to Pyin U Lwin.
There are also some busses from Monywa bus terminal to Pyin U Lwin (6500 MMK per person as in April 2018). In Pyin U Lwin there are two pick-up points. From/to Mandalay at the 27th/82nd intersection (1,500 kyat-Dec 2014), there will be regular pick-ups and departures from the opposite watch towers and railway yards (more vehicles available).
Hipaw and Lashio depart early in the mornings from Shan Market just outside the city. Common taxicabs from/to Mandalay (6000/5500k yat (14 December 2014)) and to/from Hsipaw (10000kyat) will be available at your accommodation. Mandalay's common cab rank is above the watch steeple, while the common cab rank of Hsipaw/Lashio is opposite the Shan market if you want to organize the itinerary.
From Pyin U Lwin to Mandalay there should be about 30,000 kyats (Downtown Mandalay) or 35,000 kyats (Mandalay Airport) to take a taxi. You can also take a taxi from Pyin U Lwin to Mandalay city centre for 15.000ks. Alternatively, rent an old, brightly decorated, Viktorian horse-drawn carriage that seems to be living on in Pyin U Lwin.
If you are far away, or if you have regular pick-ups on Mandalay, motorbike taxi (you drive in the passenger seat) are available at the school. Pyin U Lwin is distinguished by magnificent horse-drawn carriage and English settlement buildings! The Pyin U Lwin is relatively free of the omnipresent pagoda. A few Tudor-styled Tudor house colonials still remain (mostly around the National Kandawgyi Gardens), albeit in bad shape, and a walk is an interesting way to see how the Raj used to live.
Founded in 1915 by Alex Rodger as Maymyo Wet Grounds, National Kandawgyi Grounds has a wealth of varied plants, many of which are native to England, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully landscaped botanic parks in the whole canopy. They are located about 1.5 km southwards of the town and you will need your own transportation (on foot, by bicycle, coach or taxi) to get there and back.
The Purcell Towers - the watch in this lighthouse should copy the carillon of Big Ben (or so Lonely Planet says). It is located at the crossroads of Pyin U Lwin, opposite the Mandalay cabbase. British graveyard - across the city, behind the railway lines and the railway yard is the old British graveyard.
St. James Basilica, once English, now Romanesque, is across the street. Hindu temples for the Lord Shiva, on the street behind the watch-house. China Temples - South of the city (near Candacraig) is a large and colorful China template that has been constructed by the many immigrant Yunnanese in the city.
Cases are on their way to Lashio, so you have to rent a cab, but if you want to safe your cash, you' ll be hanging around the Lashio cab rank long enough to find a cut (taxis are waiting to take you to the cases and back). Pikeik Chin Miang - on the way to Lashio these caverns are full of Buddhas.
Also the journey with the collective taxi to the Pwe Kauk Falls is often undertaken here. Well-known in Burma for strawberry, tea, coffee, floral and sweater, Pyin U Lwin is full of stores that sell these produce. During the spring (end of February, beginning of March), stands of cathedrals line the street to Mandalay.
Also, many businesses around the clock turret selling pullovers the speciality of all old UK mountain resorts everywhere. There are several confectionery boutiques with the common snacks of India (Barfi, Chardoo, Jamon etc.). You will find several businesses near the Mandalay Pick-Up booth (on Lashio Road near in front of the Central Tower), and at least one near the Central Market.
Somewhat away from the Uhrturm (behind Shan Market) and in a neighbourhood (in a rebuilt garage), this is probably the best Myanmar country inn. Krishna serving lentil, chapati and paddy curry in an unlabeled southern India style street behind the Grace Hotel II (House 50, Block 5, Gorakha Road - side by side with Mandalay-Lashio Road).
For those interested in southern India cuisine, another option could be the Southern India Centre (walk along the major street just west of the watch-house and take the first right turn, just following the signs). Somewhat more pricey, beautiful place near the course (25 Club Rd, Quarter No. 5. Tel: 085 22612) with an English translation on the menus serving good Malay and Thailand dishes.
There is a daily evening fair with a large number of meals at 5 pm, behind the watch-house, which substitutes the daily fair. Here you will find a wide range of vegetarian fry, as well as local teas, astonishing Myanmar lettuces and delicious India cuisine.
Woodland's Cafe, in the southern part of the city ("on the way to the gardens"). There are several splendid renovated hotel cottages in Pyin U Lwin. Though it is comfortable to stay in the city centre, the city itself does not have much to see and can be quite loud in the early mornings.
It is the major arterial route between Mandalay and Lashio. It is therefore better to remain close to the Kandawgyi Garden, e.g. on the Circular Roads. Many inexpensive to medium-sized inns along the street start from the former Croxton Hotel. Lashio Roads Golden Dream Hotel (a few of the Grace Hotel II buildings).
There are also free shuttle services to and from the city centre and the train station. I 114 Nan Myaing Road. It is a brief stroll (a little less than a kilometre) just outside the watch-house. The rooms are roomy but neat. Here you can simply unwind in Pyin U Lwin.
Because of some reasons, calling Pyin U Lwin internationally is less expensive and you can make phone calls abroad for about $3-4 per second. Check out the call centre just before the movie theater on the street from Grace Hotel I to the Uhrturm.
There' s some cafés in the city. The majority of visitors remain in the trains to Hsipaw and/or Lashio, but it is also possible (and it' s definitely a worthwhile thing) to make the journey there and back in one single working days. Pyin U Lwin gets out of the station at 8:22 a.m. (if it is much later, he is standing on an English sign next to the counter).
Shan City - relaxed Shan City a few hrs northeast and a good place for excursions to the towns of Shan and Palaung. Sandalay - A quick and inexpensive way is to take a taxi together. Simply take the main road (Mandalay-Lashio Rd) westwards / towards Mandalay, after you have passed a round, you will see it there.