Pyin Oo Lwin lies in the Shan highlands of Mandalay Division and was a firm favourite of the British during their rule, becoming the summer capital largely due to its temperate climate. This scenic former hill station is full of character with lots of colonial buildings and has a lively market where farmers come to trade their produce. It is the centre of Burma’s flower producing industry and is also known for its fruit and vegetables.
The town has a laidback feel. You don't need to rush around. Take a pleasant horse and carriage ride around town, visit the beautiful National Botanical Gardens or perhaps walk to the nearby Pwe Kauk waterfall or just relax and enjoy a coffee in one of the coffee shops in town.
One of the best known sites in the region is a little way out of the town. Goteik viaduct is the highest bridge in Burma, built in 1899 and still used daily by trains, linking Pyin Oo Lwin with Lashio. It is 689 metres long and over 100 metres tall. Paul Theroux described it as 'a monster of silver geometry in all the ragged rock and jungle' in The Great Railway Bazaar.
Time: GMT + 6hrs 30mins
There are no direct flights from the UK to Yangon (Rangoon). The flight time is at least 14 hours.
Language: The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely spoken in major tourist destinations.
At least 6 months from the end of your trip, and with plenty of room for entry and exit stamps. A visa is required for British travellers and most nationalities.
Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. Recommended vaccinations include diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus, cholera & typhoid. Malaria prophylactics recommended for some parts of Burma.
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