Pyin Oo Lwin.
At 3506 feet (1050 metres) above sea level, Pyin Oo Lwin is noticeably cooler that the dry, tropical lowlands of Mandalay. You will notice the temperature changing as you drive up the winding road into the hills through plantation forests. There is a viewpoint along the road with fantastic vistas over the Ayeyarwady valley. The mild climate prompted the British to establish Myanmar’s Botanical Gardens here. The area is also perfect for the cultivation of flowers, fruit and vegetables and is a major agricultural production centre.
All Saint’s Church.
Pwe Kauk Falls.
Peik Chin Myaung Cave.
Hsipaw is laid out around its large market which attracts tribal people from surrounding villages. The market opens very early in the morning and villagers trade by candlelight until dawn lends its light. There are several small factories and cottage industries around the town that can be viewed including our favourite, the popcorn factory. This relaxed, laid-back town is also a base for short river trips and day, and overnight treks into the surrounding countryside to Palaung and Shan villages.
Haw Sao Pha.
Mr Myanmar Travel can arrange travel to the Lashio Road region by private air-conditioned car from Mandalay. For a trip taking in Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw we recommend at least four full days including travelling time. If you do not have very much time available we can arrange a daytrip from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin allowing you enough time to take in the highlights of the colonial hill station.
The Lashio Road region can also be accessed from China. Mr Myanmar Travel can arrange the permit, guide and car needed to allow you to cross from Ruili, Yunnan Province to Muse and onwards along the Lashio Road to Mandalay. The whole journey can be completed in two days if you are in a hurry though we recommend you take your time and take in the sights along the way.
Mr Myanmar Travel also uses the Lashio Road as the springboard for two of Myanmar’s least-known adventures. Our train enthusiast’s trip to the Myanmar Mines Steam Railway at Namtu begins with the (permit only) road trip from Lashio. Another (permit only) adventure starts on the Chinese border at Muse, where an alternative road hugs the border to the old British colonial outpost of Namhkan, and Bhamo – from where we can arrange the Upper Ayeyarwady adventure trip to Mandalay. Please see the ‘Adventure’ box on our homepage for details.