Pyin Oo Lwin

Maymyo Market

To see the local way of life, head to the central market is in pyin oo lwin. Here, household wares, farming utensils, dried food, plastic items and local products are on displayed. You will also see the daily life of local people of Maymyo (Pyinoolwin). You might also be able to buy some souvenirs but the choices are limited. These include colorful sweaters, strawberry and grape wines (nice to try but not up to the standard of quality wines from Europe), strawberry jam and coffee.Try some Shan food here at the market.

Chinese Temple

Built by Yunnan immigrants, this Chinese temple is one of the places that are worth visiting in Maymyo (Pyinoolwin). Built in a typical Chinese architecture and arts, this temple is also home to an orphanage and nursing home. Shoe-friendly ground includes a Chinese style six-storey tower. You can ask the prediction of your future at the monk at this temple for a small donation. Some Chinese script students study calligrapher here.

Paikchinmyaung Pagoda

Peik Chin Myaung Cave (also known as Maha Nandamu Cave) is located on the Lashio road near Wetwun village, 12 miles east of Pyin Oo Lwin town. It is a limestone cave estimated between 230 million and 310 million years old. The cave is called Peik Chin Myaung as plenty of Peik Chin plants used to grow there. The entrance of the Peik Chin Myaung cave is about 20 ft wide and 1,600 ft long. The long cave is filled with so many Buddha images and pagodas in various sizes and position at every corners and niches. Inside the cave are many underground springs flowing from different directions. Many stalactites and others in the shape of chandeliers have formed as water seeped and dropped from rocks and limestone. Some pilgrims take this water in bottles because they believe that water seeping from the walls can cure skin-diseases and eye ailments. The cave is one of the interest sites for visitors. There is a waterwall called Three layers waterfall which is a few minute walking distance from Peik Chin Myaung. Most of the people still don't know this waterfall is there.

Botanical Garden

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 the present Kandawgyi Garden. In 1919, the government gave official sanction to the garden with 170 acres of land and 70 acres of water. The Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) Botanical Garden was laid out in the design of Kew Gardens in England. In 1920, the garden was declared a forest reserved and placed under the department of forestry. 4840 trees, mostly pine trees, were planted in the garden, together with 575 different floral species. The Maymyo Botanical Garden (National Kandawgyi Garden) currently features the rich life of 482 local and foreign trees (including ginkgo which is extinct elsewhere) and more than 250 species of orchids around Myanmar. There is also a ten storey watch tower which you can climb up on foot or by elevator. There is a small entrance fee for the garden as well as the tower.

Gokhteik Bridge

Gokhteik Bridge is the highest bridge in Myanmar, about 150 feet above the ground.