What to see in Pyin Oo  Lwin



Pagoda of the Reluctant Buddha

Wet Wun Caves entrance

Rushing water in the Wet Wun caves

Looking out of the Wet Wun caves

Waterfall beside Wet Wun caves

Gokteik railway bridge in the 1920's

Pwe Kauk Falls, on below the Reluctant Buddha Pagoda. A favourite spot for locals on their days out. Popular December Farm restaurant is nearby, too.

Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens are a must...

Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens

Many churches to visit, all with historical significance

The historic cemetery (now not used) is a quiet reminder of times past

Many coffee estates around welcome visitors

1947 map of Maymyo

The front of the main market, near the Purcell Tower

You can get everything in the main market

You can take a train from the station to the Gotheik viaduct

Taxi rank at the railway station

The Purcell Tower in the centre of Pyin Oo Lwin


A number of Christian churches, mainly built in the first one or two decades of the twentieth century, as well as Muslim mosques and Hindu temples, testify to the cultural and peaceful diversity of the town.  All are open to visitors, though you may need to ask to go in.

The town centre contains all the retail outlets for this busy and growing town.  Of interest to the visitor there are curio shops, an art gallery, a busy central market, coffee and tea shops in abundance, cinemas showing Myanmar and Hindi films, pharmacies, general grocery shops (try the local sweets, jam, honey, yoghurt - all rich and delicious!), second hand bookshops.  For more details about shopping, click here.  The 1936 Purcell Tower marks the centre of town and is a duplicate of the Penang (Malaysia) Tower.

Making the best use of your time.

Don't try to make Pyin Oo Lwin a one day excursion!  Travel to Pyin Oo Lwin from Mandalay early in the morning, to catch the best views as you climb the 3000 foot escarpment.  Check into your hotel, and browse around the town and market.  If it's hot in the afternoon, take a taxi to the BE Falls, Pagoda and caves.  The Botanical Gardens are at their freshest early in the morning or in the evening.  Visit the churches, mosques and temples, and try walking along Circular Road on your second day, before going on to Lashio or returning to Mandalay.  Better still, stay two nights and just enjoy the cool climate and clean fresh air!  Click here to check out places to eat and places to stay. Home

Making pancakes at the Market food court

Happy market seller

An abundance of produce in the Market

A Street Market, well visited by locals

Elephant parading down the main street in Pyin Oo Lwin

Silk worm rearing, near Kandawgyi National Gardens

Further afield, by taxi or motorbike taxi

Anisakan (spelt Anesakahn on Google Maps).  This country town is about 6 miles on the Mandalay side.  The area round about is intensively cultivated with flowers (chiefly chrysanthemum and gladioli), vegetables, strawberries and pineapples.  The new Anisakan Airport is here, and Myanmar's Silicon Valley is nearby at Yatanarpon.  The spectacular Dat Daw Chaing Waterfall is here (best views from the bottom, but you need to be fit - time to the bottom about 45 minutes, and about 90 minutes up - the falls empty into a very steep and deep ravine).  It's possible to swim in the rock pools during the rainy seasons.  At the very lip of the gorge is the newly renovated Chan Myay Yeiktha Meditation Centre which caters for foreigners.  Next door to this Centre is the Dat Daw Chaing Waterfall Resort.  The view from here to Mandalay is spectacular.

Pyin Oo Lwin - Lashio Road.  A succession of small villages leads to the Pwe Kauk (B.E.) Falls on the left, and the Pagoda of the Reluctant Buddha on the right.  Both are worth visiting.  About 10 miles further on towards Lashio are the Paik Chin Myaung caves at Wet Wun.  A good tarmac road leads to the cave mouth.  Inside, a gushing stream twists and turns around the countless images and mini-pagodas that devout Buddhists have created.  Paddling in the stream outside is one of the pleasures of life!  A spectacular waterfall cascades down the cliffs near the caves.  Further on is the Gokteik Viaduct.  Built by the Pennsylvania Steel Company between February and December of 1900.   Considered an engineering marvel in it's time, for many years the 700m span was the second highest in the world.  The photo below was taken in the 1920s.

To the north lie the glorious valleys where some of the best oranges grow.  A guide is best   Hundreds of rural wooden farmhouses lie hidden in the hollows of these valleys, and a warm welcome will be given to visitors who make this idyllic journey.