Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. and transport you 107 miles (2 hours) to Pyin Oo Lwin a former British-Colonial hill station located in the Shan Highland. Along the way the winding road climbs steeply through an incredible landscape filled with hillside temples, as well as flower, fruit and vegetable gardens.
Your first stop in Pyin Oo Lwin, once named Maymyo, will be the large sacred cave complex of Peik Chin Myaung.
The entrance to the Peik Chin Myaung Cave is about 20 foot wide and the interior goes back into the hillside around 1,600 feet in depth. A natural spring pours from the back of the cave creating a small river that cascades through the its interior which has been filled from floor to ceiling with hundreds of Buddha images and shrines.
Next you will take a stroll through the beautiful Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden. This expansive garden which is filled with several lakes, decorative flowerbeds and a butterfly museum was originally created by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former British governor of Burma, to mimic the much loved country gardens of English.
A ride in one of Pyin Oo Lwin’s colorfully painted, wooden, horse-drawn carriages offers a relaxing conclusion to your visit to this historic mountain retreat.
You will then meet your driver at approximately 3:00 p.m. to transport back down the mountain to your hotel in Mandalay.
Note: before you may enter this holy site you must be properly dressed with your shoulders and knees covered. You will also be required to remove your shoes and socks to enter all Buddhist temples in Myanmar.