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Local lunch in a colonial ambience in Pyin Oo Lwin

During lunch today you will get a true taste of Myanmar culture. Forget the usual restaurant experience and travel to a family home in Pyin Oo Lwin. The home is typical of those built during the British era of the 1800s with its colonial architecture and red-brick exterior. Stepping into the house is like stepping back in time. The building oozes with colonial charm and echoes of the time when Pyin Oo Lwin served as a hill station for the British ruling class.

Discover a unique living museum in Myanmar

There are dozens of structures from this era around town, but this home has an even richer history. The residents are direct descendants of Myanmar’s last royal kingdom and your host is the great-granddaughter of one of the last princes. Moreover, the host’s sister was briefly married to U Ne Win, the leader of Myanmar’s 26-year military dictatorial rule.

Over lunch, you will hear stories of the past, fascinating glimpses into the country’s rich history. Hear how the country made its transition over just a few generations from a British colony to a military dictatorship and then to its present democratic state. Hear how June Rose, the host’s sister, came to marry U Ne Win and why the marriage fell apart after less than a year.

Indulge in Pyin Oo Lwin local food

The fascinating stories and stunning setting should not overshadow the food! You will get to sample authentic, home-cooked dishes made from family recipes. The lands surrounding Pyin Oo Lwin grow fantastic fruits and vegetables and your meal will rely heavily on these locally-sourced items.

As you sip tea or coffee grown on nearby farms, sit back, and reflect on this bit of Myanmar history that you have experienced today. Then bid farewell to your hosts and return to “present day” Myanmar.

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  • Stepping back in time to experience a slice of Myanmar’s colonial past with this unique dining experience in Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Enjoying lunch in a historic home, still occupied by descendants of the country’s last royal family
  • Being captivated by their stories which truly connect you with a bygone era



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