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October - March

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GMT +5 hours 30 minutes

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Escape the heat in the cool highlands of Pyin Oo Lwin

Offering a respite from the intense heat of the lowlands during the summer months, the former British Colonial hill station of Maymyo, also known as Pyin Oo Lwin, sits at an altitude of 1,070m. The town became a permanent military post in 1896, and acted as the summer capital during British rule. It’s a handy place to break the journey between Mandalay and Hsipaw.

The jewel in the area is the beautiful botanical garden complete with rosebeds and orchid houses. Spend an afternoon here enjoying the scenery and strolling around the lake. The region is rich in orchids, and there is an abundance of seasonal fruit including oranges, strawberries and pineapples to be enjoyed. But in the winter months it can get quite cold, with temperatures dropping as low as just two degrees.

Pyin Oo Lwin offers an interesting detour if you’re visiting Upper Myanmar. Our expert guides will take you to parts of the town that still retain the charm of the colonial legacy. You can also head out of Pyin Oo Lwin to the Pwe Gauk waterfalls, a popular place for locals to visit.

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