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.

 

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How to Get Here

 

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 and Kumming.  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 evisa.moip.gov.mm for details.  There are also several agencies offering a business visa service. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days and cannot be renewed inside Myanmar.

 

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. 

 

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 (2 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 (2019) visitors should not expect to be able to travel to these towns.) 

 

If you are driving from the south, turn right (ie away from Mandalay) at the end of the Highway, then after two or so miles turn left on the signed double lane road to Pyin Oo Lwin.  This has recently been upgraded, two lanes all the way, and the journey time is about an hour and a half.  Great views over the Irrawaddy plains.  Snacks and coffee just after Mile 21.  Easy.

 

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.  Take your time and enjoy!

 

 

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