Maymyo sight seeing

Kandawgyi Lake and Garden

Maymyo Kandawgyi Garden
Maymyo Kandawgyi Garden

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The first place you must visit is the Kandawgyi Lake and the Botanical Garden (the lake is inside the garden). This garden is reputed to be the most beautiful garden in Myanmar. Currently renovated to an international standard, the garden was renamed National Kandawgyi Garden, and run by the Woodlands Group of Singapore. The garden was first started by British botanist Mr. Roger in 1915 who collected local plants and trees and cultivated them on a 30 acre land at read more

Maymyo – How to go


There are bus services between Mandalay and Maymyo (Pyinoolwin), as well as between Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) and Lashio. The buses are modified pickup trucks which carry passengers in the back as well as above the roof. The buses are slow, carry a lot of passengers and cargo, and sometimes drive quite recklessly. You can get a bus to Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) at the Highway Bus Station in Mandalay.


A better way to go to Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) from Mandalay is to take a taxi. You can hire the whole taxi or share read more

Maymyo (Pyinoolwin)

Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin or Pyin U Lwin, also spelled Pyinoolwin)

An Introduction

Maymyo Purcell Tower
Maymyo Purcell Tower

Mandalay, the second capital of Myanmar, is in the hot region. The weather is usually dry and hot most time of the year. People from Mandalay usually take refuge in a nearby resort town which is quite famous among Myanmar people. The name is May Myo (or) Pyin Oo Lwin (also spelled Pyin U Lwin).

Maymyo  is originally a small Shan village. It was renamed Maymyo in 1887 by Colonel May, from 5th Bengal Infantry Regiment, who stationed here. From 1896, Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) became British read more

To Shan State

Travel to the east of Mandalay and you will reach Shan State. Shan State is a very large state in Myanmar, the largest actually. It is quite a hilly state with many beautiful places to visit. Great River Thanlwin (Salween) is flowing in the east part of Shan State, dividing it into east and west part.

Not all areas of Shan State are currently open for tourism. The following is a list of tourist destinations in Shan State.

  • Nothern Shan State – Nothern Shan State is not a popular tourist destination in Myanmar, except for May Myo (Pyinoolwin, Pyin Oo Lwin or Pyin U Lwin) which actually is in Mandalay Division. However, Maymyo is an entrance to Northern Shan State region. From Myamyo, you can reach towns in Nothern Shan State such as Kyaukme, Hsipaw, Namhsan and Lashio.
  • Southern Shan State – a number of popular tourist destinations are in Southern Shan State. Most notable of all is the Inle Lake where Inthas (inhabitants of Inle Lake) row boats with their feet. Near by tourist attractions and destinations include Nyaungshwe and Taunggyi. Other popular destinations such as Kalaw, Aungban and Pindaya are also not far away.
Inle Lake Sunset
Inle Lake Sunset
Source: Photo taken by Ralf-André Lettau
  • Eastern Shan State – a relatively unknown destination in Shan State. Kengtun (Kyaingtong) is the capital of this region. Another place to visit is Tachileik on the border with Thailand, opposite the Thai border town of Mae Sai.

There are other towns in Shan State where foreign tourists can travel freely read more

Mandalay Royal Palace

Watch Tower - Mandalay Royal PalaceThe heart of Mandalay is the King Mindon’s Royal Palace. Situated just to the south of the Mandalay Hill, it is a magnificent palace complex inside the magnificent walled fortress city. The Royal Palace was the first structure to build in King Mindon’s new royal city. It is open for visitors at a fee.


In reality, the Royal Palace was not build by King Mindon. These were actually an old palace buildings dismantled, carried and reassembled from their original place at Amarapura, read more

Mandalay travel guide – Zaycho Market

Zaycho  Market (also spelled Zay Cho, Zeigyo, Zaygyo, Zegyo Market) is the largest and the most important market in Mandalay as well as in upper Burma. Built since the time of King Mindon, Zaycho market is one of the oldest markets in Myanmar. Zaycho in Burmese means “cheap price”. Whether the prices are really cheap or not is difficult to answer. However, this is the market that goods and products from all over Myanmar as well as goods from India, China and Thailand are sold in lots. Zaycho read more

Mandalay Travel Guide – pagodas and monasteries in the town

Shweinbin Monastery

This beautiful monastery is located in the south west corner of Mandalay City, on 89th street between 38th and 39th streets. Called simply by the locals as “Teak Monastery”, it was built in 1895 by a Chinese jade merchant U Set Shwin. It has very fine 19th century wood carvings and wood arts depicting the life of Gautama Buddha. These are carved in beautiful detailed carvings. The whole building is on a classical teak foundation with long read more