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Pyin Oo Lwin

If you like to make holidays rhyme with luxury, calm and voluptuousness then we have this one place you need to visit during your trip around Myanmar. After days sightseeing you decide to take a break and plunged into the surprising colonial-era city of Pyin Oo Lwin. You enjoy the low temperature, the green hills and the western charm of the former British hill holidays station.

 

Life in a train

Your adventure starts from the moment you jump on the train that will bring you to Pyin Oo Lwin. Our travelers claim this ride to be on their Top list things to do in Myanmar. This unique train takes you around beautiful and picturesque landscapes as you gain altitude. You could never forget the view you get on the Gokteik Viaduct, which is a real highlight of your journey.

 

Traveling in time 

From Mandalay, you decide to take this 1.5 hours train ride, heading northeast directly to Pyin Oo Lwin.  From your arrival, you appreciate the dazzling views that this 1200 meters-high city offers.  Nestled in the Shan Hills, the place is so different from what you visited before and you feel like you are entering a new country where the 21st century world has barely intruded. Here you see very few pagodas but many Christian churches, streets are full of very well preserved the Victorian style houses and you enjoy a surprisingly green landscape.

 

Bespoke Pyin Oo Lwin Tours : Trip to a coffee paradise 

Back in the 20th century, this charming getaway used to attract western people seeking cool temperature and quality time. Today Pyin Oo Lwin is home to vineyards, coffee plantations and all sorts of fruit trees. You unpack your suitcase and leave for a ten-minute ride to pay a visit to one of the coffee farms. What a paradise for coffee lovers! After receiving some historical information you are given a handmade basket that you put on your shoulder and chest and start going from one tree to the next to pick coffee fruits. As always in unique Myanmar, not only you see beautiful things but you also experience the most enjoyable aspect of the country.

 

A breath of fresh air

You make the most of the afternoon to explore the many plantations fields and get amazed by all the colorful crops you are passing by in the village of Pan Nae Kone South. This city and its surrounding are definitely a scenic photo stop with stunning views on small houses standing on the hillside. This is such an enjoyable break to take from the hustle and bustle of cities like Mandalay.

 

The colourful market of Pyin Oo Lwin

You decide to stay overnight and on your second day you wake up early and are fascinated by everything that is going on outside. This city is a never-ending surprise. You hop on a bike to ride around the village, passing by the main streets where market sellers are setting up their stalls. You get an insight of fresh local products but also handmade fabrics, woolen clothes, local wines and coffee of course.  Here you just take your time to discover what the country is made of, you travel the way you like, the way you are.

 

Go green at the Kandawgyi botanical Gardens !

Later on, you hire a “gharry”, one of those old painted horse-drawn Victorian carriage. The morning weather is so cool and refreshing that you chose to head to the stunning Kandawgyi botanical Gardens. Dated back to 1915, the place boasts more than 480 species of flowers, shrubs and trees spread on a 435-acre garden. The gardens are so colorful and peaceful that you take a long morning walk here and delight the authentic beauty of the place. In addition, the best thing with Pyin Oo Lwin is that you will probably see very few or no tourists at all.

In the end, this is such a special city that you did not expect to see in Myanmar and has an unforgettable charm and is one of the many hidden jewel you cross on your way.

 

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • The Maymo Botanical Garden
  • The beautiful colonial-era buildings
  • The authentic local market with food and crafts
  • One-day trekking trip
  • The refreshing and cool weather

BEST SEASON TO VISIT :

  • From October to April

Pwin Oo Lwin

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