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About Pyin Oo Lwin
Memories of Maymyo
Health & Safety
Photos from the 1920s
What to See
Where to Eat
Where to Shop
Where to Stay
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 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
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
Quick Overview and useful
Some war time reminiscences - Ann Dear
of Governors of Burma to 1948
The 1942 evacuation of Maymyo - diary
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 $70.
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. See
for details. There are also several agencies offering an e-visa
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.
high: 33c; lowest
2015: Max:86f, Min:72f. (see Calendar)
Well over 10
inches of rain in May, and in July we had a traditional monsoon - about 15
inches. August gave us a further 8 inches,
but no flooding up here. Now in September, showers most nights, with
pleasant (sometimes hot and humid) days In general, cooler weather, light breezes, sudden heavy showers and unusually green. We
had a violent hailstorm which gave us a short winter wonderland at the end
of March. Most flowering trees have lost their blossoms already, and
a number of large trees have lost branches during violent storms. Whatever the
weather, it's still a wonderful time to visit this old famous town, now
(too late?) developing conservation policies.
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 $35
(35,000 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
hours), or even 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.
Gotheik Viaduct c.1903
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
(NB. Candacraig is currently closed for renovations - 2015).
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,
Pyin Oo Lwin,
Win Unity or
Reward Resort costs around $75+. Quite
a lot cheaper if you can book directly with hotels.
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