Reasons to Visit
The famous Ayeyarwaddy River flows through the heart of the country for 2,000km to a vast Delta region southwest of Yangon and provides an important role in everyday life. A journey on this most majestic of rivers is a highlight of any trip.
Maynmar is home to an astonishing number of ethnicities each with their own traditional dress and customs, and in many cases, language and religion. For the most rewarding encounters we recommend heading to the hills of Shan state where it’s possible to stay in remote villages and receive the most genuine of welcomes and hospitality.
Myanmar is steeped in history and the legacy of various kingdoms and rule is very much in evidence throughout the country from former ancient capitals and grandiose royal palaces around Mandalay to the faded colonial grandeur of Yangon’s municipal buildings built by British hands.
Whether you are shopping for gems in Yangon’s Scott Market, betel nut in Kalaw or intricate lacquerware in Bagan there is no better way to immerse yourself in the way of life than to soak up the atmosphere of a local market.
Wherever you travel in Burma you will only be footsteps away from a temple providing an opportunity to witness the quiet reverence of the Burmese people. Climb up to a viewpoint amongst the ancient stupas of Bagan at sunset, visit stilted temples by boat at Inle Lake or marvel at the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Built by the British and renamed by them Maymyo, this was intended as a retreat from soaring summer temperatures. The jewel in Pyin Oo Lwin's crown however must be the magnificent mature botanical gardens.
Established by the British as a retreat from soaring summer temperatures the small town of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) still retains a much anglicized feel.
The colonial presence in the town can be traced back to the end of the 19th Century when the British arrived after capturing Mandalay at the conclusion of the Third Burmese War. The town was renamed Maymyo (May Town) after Colonal May, the commander of the post and a veteran of the Indian Mutiny. In 1896 a permanent military post was established in the town and it later became a hill station and the summer residence of the British Government in Myanmar (the British named it Burma) due to its cooler temperatures.
During British rule Pyin Oo Lwin was also an important educational centre with the Government English High Schools such as St. Albert's, St. Joseph's Convent, St. Mary's, St. Michael's and Colgate all based here. Maymyo was renamed to Pyin Oo Lwin in 1989 when the government abandoned colonial titles to the original Myanmar names before British rule.
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