The City of Flowers

Botanical gardens
Botanical gardens

About an hour east of Mandalay, the road suddenly climbs, ascending the Shan Plateau. Dusty plains make way for green hills, palm trees are replaced by large oaks and the heat drops to a pleasant, comfortable temperature.

When Burma travellers arrive in Pyin Oo Lwin, they often wonder whether they are indeed still in Burma.

There are Victorian horse carriages riding through town, it gets chilly at night and where are the ubiquitous pagodas?!

Horse and Cart - InsideBurma Tours
Burma? - InsideBurma Tours
Which way? - InsideBurma Tours

Far from a typical town, but nevertheless very Burmese, Pyin Oo Lwin will show you all kinds of fascinating sights, both in town and around.

Flowers and sweaters are the most sold items at the markets, but you should also find some tasty food on offer -if the junior shop assistant isn’t too busy that is.

Clothes For Sale - InsideBurma Tours
Flower Stalls - InsideBurma Tours
Good food in Burma - InsideBurma Tours
Fresh meat in Burma - InsideBurma Tours


Enjoy the multicultural vibe at the local eateries and tea houses. Two of our personal favourites are Krishna (South Indian curry) and Barista Khine coffee shop!

Curry & coffee - InsideBurma Tours
Eating out - InsideBurma Tours

Pyin Oo Lwin’s  most famous feature is without a doubt the National Kandawgyi Garden.

Perfect garden - InsideBurma Tours
English country garden - InsideBurma Tours
Roses and pagodas - InsideBurma Tours

In old British hill stations you would typically find a few red coloured remainders of colonial times.

English house - InsideBurma Tours
Strawberries for sale - InsideBurma Tours
Cat Cake - InsideBurma Tours
Architecture - InsideBurma Tours

There are some great day trip opportunities, such as taking the local train across the Gokteik Viaduct, or hiking down to the Dat Taw Gyaint waterfalls.

Waiting around - InsideBurma Tours
Waiting for the train - InsideBurma Tours
Burmese engineering - InsideBurma Tours
Taking home some food - InsideBurma Tours
Burmese scenery - InsideBurma Tours
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