Welcome to Pyin Oo Lwin
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.
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
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
for details. There are also several agencies offering a business visa
service. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days and cannot be renewed inside
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
hours), or even
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
If you are driving from the south, turn
from Mandalay) at the end of the Highway, then after two or so miles turn
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!