Pyin Oo Lwin - Maymyo

Myanmar's Highland City of Flowers






**September 2019; Rain, rain, rain, see Weather (below).   Great visibility over the rolling hills and mountains. *** A great time to visit and enjoy Pyin Oo Lwin.***The best fruit, jams and marmalades are easily available, with an abundance of exotic mangos, red dragon fruit, grapes, jack fruit, oranges, lemons and limes and more. Peaches coming along, too.*** The countryside is green and fruitful, but the flowering trees have already given their best this year.  Walking and cycling trips are easily arranged and very pleasant at this time of year.**Water Festival now in full swing!**Kandawgyi National Gardens are really splendid.***New hotels and restaurants abound.***

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Welcome to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)  


Pyin Oo Lwin offers visitors cool days and nights, peaceful rural roads and tracks for walkers and cyclists, trekking in the fruit and flower producing countryside, and interesting shopping.  Old times can be re-lived with coach rides, and many historical and beautiful places are within easy reach.  Just over an hour's drive from Mandalay, and with spectacular views from the road up the escarpment, Pyin Oo Lwin is an ideal and refreshing destination for visitors to Upper Myanmar.


A historical town                   


This privately made website, first put together in 2005, tries to provide a view into some of the history that is rarely mentioned in guide books, as well as drawing attention to aspects of the town which are well known to the locals, but which tour guides may skip over.  It contains many links to other sources of interesting information, and most small pics may be viewed at a larger size by clicking on them.  Take your time and enjoy!  Sorry, no smart phone version exists yet.


For some historical and literary and biography perspectives of Pyin Oo Lwin click here, and for a map click here.  Festivals and monthly flowers and zodiacs are here A book, 'Pyin Oo Lwin' by U Chit Swe was published in Burmese in December 2008.  Excellent background to the history of the town







Quick Overview and useful links



How to get to Pyin Oo Lwin

Comfortable buses are now available throughout the country, and they offer the most economical way to visit Pyin Oo Lwin from Yangon.  There is a choice of one day bus and several night buses direct to/from Yangon.  Travellers can save over $150 on a return journey compared to air. Domestic flight fares (Yangon-Mandalay) have risen by 50% to about $125 (with some exceptions - ask a travel agency for promotions).  Flights are available between Mandalay and Bangkok, and some days to Siem Reap.  Business visas can be bought on arrival at Mandalay airport, but you should be sure to have the correct documentation (This is thoroughly checked at check-in.) See for details.  There are also several agencies offering an e-visa service.

Pyin Oo Lwin weather during the year


Glorious in autumn (lush greenery), winter (perfect blue skies and amazingly starry nights),  spring (strawberries and cream, flowers, fresh fruit and wonderful  vegetables, and blossoming cherry trees, jacaranda, and others).  Summer starts in late April (Thingyan festival) with most rain between June and September and wonderful blossoms. 


Pyin Oo Lwin Weather (Normal annual high: 35c;  lowest low: 4c)


September 2019: Max:88f (31c), Min:70f (21c) (This week) (see Calendar)

Rainy season has begun.  This year it's just rain, rain, rain.  Day and night.  And if it's not raining, it's just solidly overcast.  Now fewer international travellers than we are used to.  Aircons are a must these days, though daily power sharing outages (here it has been 2 periods of 3 hours daily - though, thankfully, it's steady again in early July) mean that nights can be uncomfortable for some.  Electricity prices doubled in July, so perhaps hotels will need to put on a surcharge!





From the Mandalay International Airport there are two  choices:  either  hire a taxi (Sein Myanmar or Seven Diamond are best) directly to Pyin Oo Lwin (cost about $45 (55,000 kyats); or take a taxi into Mandalay (Shwe Myanmar has a stand at the airport Arrivals Hall - $4 per person) to the roadside stop for Pyin Oo Lwin taxis.  The cost of a seat in a shared taxi is about $6-8 (or about $45 for 4 foreigners sharing). Either way the journey takes about 1.5 hours and travellers are delivered right to their destination.  Click here for taxi phones.


It's also possible to get from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin by train (5 hours),  aircon bus (less than 2 hours), or even Toyota pickup (3 hours, cheap, smelly and uncomfortable).  Hotels can advise on these.  Trains run right through to Hsipaw and Lashio daily - a spectacular trip over the Gotheik viaduct - once the second highest in the world. (Currently visitors should not expect to travel widely outside these towns.)



Gotheik Viaduct c.1903 (click for original)

Staying in Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin has hotels from top class down.  Comfortable country inns with good food and service, medium range hotels, and budget hotels - all give that old-fashioned individual attention and assistance.


Overall, price is a good guide to quality and comfort.  Despite inflation prices have remained quite stable.  Best bargains are about $15 in the lower bracket (see Grace Hotel) and $40-60 in the upper (Royal Park View).  Budget travellers should check out Royal Flower Guest House and Dahlia Motel, too.  A Suite for two at the Kandawgyi Lodge, Aureum Palace Hotel, Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin, Win Unity or Royal Reward Resort costs around $75+. Quite a lot cheaper if you can book directly with hotels.  (Check out and etc).


In the off-season (after mid-April to end September) bookings aren't needed.  It's worth calling in advance for rooms in the better hotels since they do fill up occasionally - on the weekends near Full Moon days, for example.


Lots of places to eat, ranging from Feel and Woodland (European food, international quality and ambience) to Chinese retaurants and roadside Food Markets which are set up outside the Main market and the Shan market from about 4pm onwards.  Quality and hygiene varies, and MSG is on the wane.  See Where to Eat


Dahlia Motel

Royal Park View



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