Pyin Oo Lwin

Myanmar's Highland City of Flowers

 

 

 

 

**July.  Well, the rain has begun, but we received only half our rainfall average for May to July; Overcast and windy in the day but cooler at night, illuminated by a canopy of bright stars. *** A great time to visit and enjoy Pyin Oo Lwin.***The best fruit jams and marmalades are easily available.*** The countryside is already green and fruitful.  Walking trips are easily arranged and very pleasant at this cooler time of year.***Kandawgyi National Gardens are really splendid.***New hotels and restaurants abound.***

 

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Welcome to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)  

 

We apologise for some of the difficulties in navigating this website.  It's now under a big re-write and better organisation.

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 website 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.  Take your time and enjoy!

 

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.  He can usually be found at Sa Kan Tha Hotel on the Lashio Road.

 

 

 

 

 

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, though Golden Myanmar still offers one way for $95 or less.  Flights are now available between Mandalay and Bangkok.  Business visas can be bought at Mandalay airport, but you should be sure to have the correct documentation.

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).  Summer starts in late April (Thingyan festival) with most rain between June and September and wonderful blossoms. 

 

Pyin Oo Lwin Weather now

 (Normal annual high: 33c;  lowest low: 1c)

 September 2014: Max:86f, Min:72fc. (see Calendar)

September has started off with a bang, with about 7 inches of rain in the first 3 days. But a wonderful time to visit this old famous town, now (too late?) developing conservation policies.  Many new good hotels and restaurants have recently opened, all with very reasonable prices, and eating quality is improving.  Feel! on Nandar Road remains the most popular eating place, but Woodland and many new Myanmar cuisine restaurants on Circular Road, are certainly worth trying for a pleasant and reasonably priced evening out.   Most also have wi-fi available, so you can surf while you eat.  Try the Aureum or Pyin Oo Lwin Hotels for real comfort.

 

 

Candacraig

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 (40,000 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 $6-7 (or about $35 for 4 foreigners sharing). The first option takes about 1.5 hours, the second about 2.5 hours altogether.  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 Hilux pickup (3 hours, cheap, smelly and uncomfortable).  Hotels can advise on these.  Train bookings and tickets can be bought only at Mandalay Railway Station.  Trains run right through to Hsipaw and Lashio - a spectacular trip over the Gotheik viaduct - once the second highest in the world.

 

 

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 $30-40 in the upper (Royal Park View).  Budget travellers should check out Dahlia Motel, too.  A Suite for two at the Kandawgyi Lodge, Aureum, Win Unity or Royal Reward Resort costs around $75+. Hotels are currently offering very good discounts, but please check in advance since some prices have recently risen by up to 50%..

 

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 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