Pyin Oo Lwin
For everyone with a weak spot for the atmosphere of British colonial times, and others just seeking to escape the dusty misery of Mandalay’s hot season, a visit to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) in the foothills of the Shan Plateau, is a must. 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. 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. At an elevation of 1070 meters above sea level, there is an abundance of flowers, strawberries and coffee beans,that will make you find a curiously diverse place on your visit. The city and surroundings are very green and together with the comforting climate which make a pleasant atmosphere for some days to chill out. Pleasant temperatures predominate in Pyin Oo Lwin even during the hot season, and in the cold season there is no frost. It also has 430 acre Botanical Garden where you can take a relaxing stroll or picnic by a lake. There is an 18-hole golf course and three waterfalls in the vicinity for swimming and picnics. The resort’s cool weather has allowed many flowers and fruits commonly found in milder climes to thrive.