Pyin Oo Lwin
Once the summer capital of British Burma, Pyin Oo Lwin, is a small town located 70km east of Mandalay at an altitude of just over 1000 metres. Often referred to as Maymyo after the British commander Colonel May, who was stationed here in 1886, this former hill station enjoys cool weather for most of the year, making it a desirable destination for locals looking to escape the sweltering temperatures in the south. The pleasant climate also provides idyllic growing conditions for a range of flowers and fruit trees, which helps to explain the remarkable variety on offer at the 400-acre National Kandawgyi Gardens. The town itself boasts a romantic feel with eucalyptus, silver oak and pine trees partially obscuring the rows of ivy-covered colonial mansions that dot the broad roadways.