Myanmar’s Maymo – A little slice of the old country

Nestled in the hills above Mandalay is the old British era Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin. The British called the village Maymo and moved their capital there every summer to escape the heat and dust of Yangon. The temperature noticeably cools as you work your way higher and higher North.

Colonial building in Pyin Oo Lwin

Colonial building in Pyin Oo Lwin

Today Pyin Oo Lwin retains much of its colonial legacy from the strawberry fields and the National Kandawgyi Botanic Gardens which look as if they have been transported directly from England to the rows of English cottages and buildings left from the previous century and the large number of Indian and Nepalese families bought here as part of the Colonial Administration.

Roses of every colour

Roses of every colour

National Kandawgyi Botanic Gardens

National Kandawgyi Botanic Gardens

A path through the swamp at Kandawgyi

A path through the swamp at Kandawgyi

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