Maymyo was originally a Shan-Danu village; in 1896 it became a hill station that served as a retreat for European civil servants stationed in Mandalay.
The visit of the day includes: explore the downtown area on foot and see the Purcell Tower whose hourly chimes duplicate the 16 notes played by Big Ben in London. The main street is a mix of colonial-era buildings and graceless modern Chinese architecture. Kandawgyi National Gardens- a 437-acre lake, forestland and flowers galore which was originally built in 1915-16 by British forestry official Mr. Charles Alex Rogers. One can admire the immense landscaped flowerbeds, exotic orchids, wide-open meadows and whispering pine forests.
The unique horse carriages and British colonial houses make Pyin Oo Lwin one of Myanmar’s little gems. It is also considered the melting pot of Burma as it still has the largest community of Anglo-Burmese, Anglo-Indian, native Shan, Myanmar and Chinese immigrants especially from Yunnan.