Travel Myanmar | Pyin Oo Lwin Attraction
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Enter 19th century England when you travel from Mandalay to this cute little hill station. It is the erstwhile summer capital of the country and an important military centre of the Indian army during the colonial period. Today, the Defence Services Academy of Myanmar military is located here. The town is also considered to be an important military base.

Pyin Oo Lwin will charm you with its red-coloured colonial buildings and greenery. The town is home to the oldest botanical gardens in the country. It is also an important market for products of Shan Hills and Kachin State. With its exotic coffee beans, strawberries and beautiful flowers, Pyin Oo Lwin will steal your heart away.

Things To Do

WALK AROUND NATIONAL KANDAWGYI BOTANICAL GARDENS

Established in 1915, these botanical gardens are the largest and oldest in the country. With exquisite varieties of flora and fauna, the site is often considered one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. There is a rose garden, a pond with a stupa in the middle, an orchid garden and an aviary. You can simply walk around the gardens and immerse yourself in the greenery. It is open from 10 AM to 6 PM.

WALK AROUND THE TOWN

When in Pyin Oo Lwin, you can even do nothing. Roam around the charming town and soak in the feel of 19th century England. You can see the Purcell Tower, a Big Ben-style clock tower and an essential element of every British hill station. It stands in the middle of the town. There’s also a Shiva temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and a large colourful Chinese temple built by Yunnanese immigrants to Pyin Oo Lwin.

VISIT THE ENGLISH CEMETERY

On one end of the town lies the English Cemetery, which will take you back to the colonial times. The entire area is eerie yet charming. You can see the plaques of the British soldiers who lost their lives in various wars. There is a friendly chaplain in the cemetery who shows tourists around. Located right opposite the cemetery is St. James Church, which also deserves a visit. The silent environment of the church will help you find peace.

ENJOY A PIT STOP AT THE CANDACRAIG

This colonial mansion was originally built as a guesthouse of the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in 1914. It was famously mentioned in Paul Theroux’s book The Great Railway Bazaar. Visit this mansion to get an idea of how the colonials lived. The building has been under renovation since 2015, hence you can look around the property but won’t be able to enter the house.

Did You Know?

Pyin Oo Lwin is mentioned in An English Girl’s First Impressions of Burmah by Beth Ellis, published in 1904. Later on, Paul Theroux also mentioned it in his book The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia. Give these books a read to make the most of your visit.

Pagodas

ANISAKAN FALLS

Love hiking? Enjoy a half-day trek to this beautiful falls located in a rugged gorge. A Buddhist temple adorns the base of the waterfalls. Anisakan Falls is actually a combination of three waterfalls, all equally stunning. Swimming is forbidden in the pool. During your journey, you will meet several fellow hikers.

PYEIK CHIN MIANG

This set of deep caves lies on the road from Pyin Oo Lwin to Lashio. All of them are lined with statues of Buddha. There is a huge pool behind the caves, ideal for enjoying a swim. You can easily travel to these caves by taxi or shared taxi. People usually club it with the Pwe Kauk Falls since they are located along the same road.

PWE KAUK FALLS

Also known as the Hampshire Falls, this is a popular picnic spot among the locals. There is a bridge that crosses the stream, an ideal place to take Insta-worthy pictures. The falls are located along the road to Lashio. If you hike an hour from the falls, you will reach a set of natural caves named U Naung Gu adorned with several Buddha statues.

TRADITIONAL VILLAGES

The Shan Hills are home to different ethnic groups of Myanmar. You can hike to these villages or simply hire a cab and visit some of them. The most frequently visited villages are Yechndo, Ye Negye and Mogyopit. The villagers are very friendly and enjoy having visitors.

Entry Fee To Popular Destinations

Place Fees
National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens
USD5 / 5,000 Kyats