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Extension 5: May Myo
2 days / 1 night
Pwin Oo Lwin, previously May Myo, is an inner Burmese city located about 67 kilometres east of Mandalay. During the British colonial occupation it was boosted in 1896 as a recreational city, because of its fresh mountain climate. The colonial government of Burma was moved to May Myo during the warm season to escape the high temperatures and humidity of Yangon. May Myo means City of May in Burmese. It is called that in honour of the first city administrator, Colonel May, as a legacy of the colonial period. The city has about 10,000 inhabitants originating from India and 5,000 Nepalese who served in the Gurkha regiment of the British army, and who settled in May Myo after the British granted independence to Burma. May Myo was also an important educational centre during colonial times, with GEHSs (Government English Secondary Schools) like St. Mary, St. Michael and St. Albert. It also has an active community of European descendants, particularly Anglo-Burmese and Anglo-Indians.
It is also the Headquarters of the Myanmar Defence Services Academy (DSA).
The National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, founded in 1915, is one of the most attractive spots of the city.
After breakfast there is a transfer by road to Pyin Oo Lwin, also known as May Myo. Upon arrival, transfer to the Kandawgyi Hill Resort Hotel followed by a full day excursion around Pyin Oo Lwin, where we will visit the Caves of Peik Chin Myaung, the Botanical Gardens, the Chinese temple, the typical neighbourhoods and some beautiful waterfalls.
There is a visit to the central market area before transfer by car to Mandalay.
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