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Overview

Travel two hours east of Mandalay to the charming colonial town of Pyin Oo Lwin. Visit the iconic British Hill Station, see historical houses on a traditional horse carriage before taking an exhilarating train ride along the famous Gokteik Viaduct.

Trip Highlights

A Colonial Weekend in Pyin Oo Lwin

Maha Ant Htoo Thar Pagoda

 Visit the revered Maha Ant Htoo Thar Pagoda and learn all about the story of the Buddha who loved his country

Train ride crossing Gokteik Viaduct

Take an exhilarating train ride pass the famous Gokteik Viaduct, the highest railway trestles in the world.

Visit summer palace of a royal prince

Visit the former summer palace of the Sky Prince of Hsipaw, famous for its modern look in the early 1900s.

Itinerary

1

Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin

This morning the tour starts at 08:00.

Depart this morning from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin. The town was originally built in 1896 and named after the captain of a British Regiment in Burma, Capitan May. Located on a plateau 1000m above sea level, most British civil and military offices moved here during the summer months to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.

Arriving in Pyin Oo Lwin, we’ll drive through the town and on to BE waterfalls. These falls are easily accessible by car and can be a quite popular destination on the weekend for locals. Wander across suspension bridges, browse through the stalls selling local fruit wine, and enjoy the sounds of laughter from the local children playing in the water beneath the falls.

From here, take a short drive to Maha Ant Htoo Thar Pagoda, home of the “Buddah who loved his country.” Originally sculpted in Mandalay, the large Buddah image inside the pagoda was on its way to China when it fell off the truck carrying it and slid down the mountain side. The truck driver claimed the Buddah image visited his dreams the night before and told him it did not want to leave Myanmar. After three years on the mountainside, the pagoda was built and the large Buddah statue transported to its current location.

Our next stop will be lunch at December Farms. Famous for its strawberry fields and dairy, December Farms also offers a restaurant on the sprawling property. You’ll have to opportunity to walk through the grounds and try some of their homemade ice cream.

This afternoon, enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905.  Your horse and carriage will drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk through the beautifully-landscaped gardens. Then transfer to your hotel.

This evening, dine at Club Terrace Restaurant. Located in a Colonial Era home, this restaurant is known for being Pyin Oo Lwin’s most romantic dining option. (Client’s Account)

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

2

Pyin Oo Lwin – Goktiek Viaduct – Pyin Oo Lwin

Today the sightseeing begins at 07:30.

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the railway station for a 3 hour train journey that crosses the famous Gokteik Viaduct, once the highest railway trestle in the world. It was constructed between 1899 and 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction to further expand British influence in Myanmar.  This incredible train journey affords stunning vistas as the train trundles along at a snail’s pace. 

A lunch box will be prepared and served along the way.

After disembarking from the train, we’ll head to Sakandar Sakhanthar, the former summer palace of the Sky Prince of Hsipaw. Sakandar Sakhanthar Sakandar was one of the most modern buildings in Burma when it was constructed in the early 1900s. Though the palace today is in ruins (it was bombed during WWII), the former glory can still be seem in its remains. This rarely visited complex also offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

After leaving Sakandar SakhantharSakandar, we’ll head back to Pyin Oo Lwin by car.

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin

3

Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay

This morning the journey continues at 08:00 and This morning, we’ll depart for Mandalay. Just outside of Pyin Oo Lwin, we’ll stop at the View Restaurant. Located directly across a narrow valley from Dat Taw Gyi waterfalls, this is a fantastic spot to grab a coffee and get a final look at the beautiful scenery of the Pyin Oo Lwin region.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • 2 night’s accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • English speaking station guide
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles, except on the train
  • Upper class train ticket
  • Entrance fees to all activities mentioned
  • Drinking water while touring

Our services do not include:

  • Meals other than mentioned (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D = dinner)  
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • Credit card fees (2-3%) or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Any other items not mentioned

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