Maymyo eating – restaurant and cafes

Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) has a number of restaurants and cafes that cater for both locals and tourists alike. Recently, there are a few restaurants and cafes that aim at tourists. Most restaurants, however, are not expensive. They serve Chinese, Burmese, Indian, European and Shan food. In addition to these restaurants, there are a number of road side stalls that open early in the morning or in the evening. They sell cheap but delicious local food. Teashops are a popular choice of breakfast for locals read more

Around Maymyo (Pyinoolwin)

Anisakhan Fall (Dattawjient Fall)

This spectacular fall is located near the Anisakhan Village, about 9 km south of Pyinoolwin, off the Mandalay – Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) Road. From the village of Anisakhan on the main road, turn right at the train station and continue for another 2 km to reach the car parking area. From here, it is a 45 minute descent on foot through a river gorge to reach the fall. The fall consists of five steps; the third is quite impressive.

You can get a regular pickup bus from Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) to Anisakhan read more

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 budget hotels and guest houses

Budget hotels and Inns

April Inn

A little outside the downtown Maymyo, April inn is located in a quiet and tranquil place. It has six bungalows, each with private bathroom, TV, twin beds and a porch for breakfast. Beware of insects and mosquitoes. Price is US$ 8 per person, US$ 16 for double room. Address is 51F, Eindaw Street, Maymyo, phone 085-21918.

Dahlia Motel

This friendly hotel run by an outgoing Muslim is located a little off downtown. This is a popular low budget motel in a peaceful residential neighborhood. All rooms have TV and read more

Maymyo Pyinoolwin Hotels

Private hotels and Guesthouses

For those who want to avoid government run hotels for any reason, Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) has a number of nice hotels. A number of new private owned hotels open after 1988. Some of these are listed below.

Midrange Hotels

Kandawgyi Lodge

Kandawgyi Lodge Hotel Maymyo (Pyinoolwin)
Kandawgyi Lodge Hotel Maymyo (Pyinoolwin)

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This one was open in 2002 as a Singapore joint venture hotel. It was a converted 1921 English Warden’s lodge near Kandawgyi lake, with new bungalows in the garden outside. All rooms are facing the Kandawgyi Lake. There is no TV or phone in the rooms – this is a read more

Maymyo – Where to stay

Maymyo accommodation

Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) has a number of cheap budget hotels as well as mid range to high end hotels. Usually, all hotels inside the town are budget hotels while those higher end hotels are usually found in the residential areas around the ring road. Some of the hotels in Maymyo, especially government run hotels have long standing history running back to British colonial time. Hotel staffs are usually very friendly and helpful; typical of hotels in Myanmar. They can usually speak English and will provide 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