An overview of Maymyo
Maymyo offers a wonderful combination of Burmese and British colonial heritage and is considered an excellent destination for those with a strong interest in the culture and history of Myanmar. Also known as Pyin Oo Lwin, Maymo was established as a British military outpost and the summer capital of British Burma during the late 19th century. Therefore, it is now possible to encounter a number of colonial heritage sites including the Governor’s Summer Palace and the Purcell Clock Tower, amongst other examples. Horse-drawn carriages, another remnant of British rule, are an excellent way to see the town’s popular features for those preferring a more relaxing time.
As Maymyo is located at high altitude, the scenery in the surrounding region is quite spectacular and it also famous for its diverse flora, including orchids, strawberry farms, and coffee plantations. The Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens and Pyin Oo Lwin Nursery provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to experience the vast nature of the region in pristine gardens and should be considered a priority for any trip to the town.
There are also several other popular attractions in the area, which include numerous festivals (particularly between October and December), a busy market, and a host of natural features that include the Pwe Kauk Waterfalls and the Anisakan Falls. However, must-sees including the Buddhist cave, Peik Chin Myaung, which is home to stupas and impressive stalactites and the Pagoda of Aung Htu Kan Tha Paya, which was completed in 2000 and arguably the most impressive religious site in the region. Whatever your interests or tastes, Maymyo will undoubtedly cater for them in abundance and the town should be a key consideration for anyone travelling to Myanmar.