Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly May Myo), a city located in the Salween River delta is a destination that often fails to receive the recognition and celebration it deserves within the pages of Burmese travel books. It is known for its beautiful surroundings and pleasant weather which is aided by being situated in mountainous ranges.
Image Pyin Oo Lwin Myanmar. SahngOh Jung via Flickr.
It is a famous spot for the locals, especially those residing in Yangon, to take a break from the tropical weather and enjoy a cooler climate.
Image Shan Market in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
The most popular destination within Pyin Oo Lwin is undoubtedly its botanical gardens, boasting perfectly manicured lawns and groomed, immaculate flowers found nowhere else in Myanmar. Beautifully arranged flowers and trees in forms of various shapes and sizes are the centre of attention for most visitors- being featured in photos and praised by visitors for their charming exquisiteness and breath taking splendour.
Image Botanical garden in Pyin Oo Lwin. Paul Arps via Flickr.
At the gardens you can also find a small museum of interesting tree fossils, dedicated space exhibiting a variety and diverse selection of orchids in addition to an enchanting butterfly garden and randomly located animal displays. One of the nicest features is the chance to wander around with swans and geese who roam freely around the spacious garden.
Ponds, streams and lakes with water flowers such as lotuses and little pagodas are other delights. If strolling leisurely through the stunning park proves to be too inconvenient and time consuming (although of course, this option is recommended for it is the best way to truly savour the wonderful scenery and park’s essence, a buggy service is available, with its loop route reaching most of the park’s best features.
For those with a more adventurous spirit there are trekking and hiking mountain trails. The trekking trails are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. There is a huge waterfall which is a popular attraction for locals and tourists. All offering a perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature and step into a world miles away from modern cities dotted with high skylines and buildings.
The town produces unique local food unlike any other city in Myanmar and also proudly upholds a consistent stream of production in local wine. Being blessed with such lovely weather, it creates an ideal environment to grow strawberries during the “winter” season. As a result, local entrepreneurs have taken advantage of this by growing strawberry farms and constructing adjacent restaurants.
Image Andrew via Flickr.
One particular restaurant that a Pyin Oo Lwin visitor should definitely stop by is “December”. Located on the outskirts of the city (although the city itself is not very big), the short car ride is undoubtedly worth the visit. Once there customers can pick their own delicious strawberries or maybe a fresh strawberry milkshake. The restaurant’s menu also offers great Chinese and Burmese cuisine such as sweet and sour pork and fried rice.
And children will love the restaurant’s small farm with cute adorable rabbits to play with or even learn how to ride a horse. The restaurant is built as small, separate straw huts, ensuring privacy and richness to your classic eating experience.
I hope I have done justice to this enchanting location for visitors but the best way would be to come and visit Pyin Oo Lwin for yourself.