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4 Days / 3 Nights - Tour
Lashio and Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymoo)
Extension from Mandalay
Union of Myanmar

Day 1 Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin
Drive up into the hills from Mandalay for a full day visit of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station. The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Visit Pwe Kauk Waterfall and enjoy the countryside. Drive through Maymyo on a horse drawn "stage coach", giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon visit the tiny Forestry Museum (if open) and the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former governor of Burma - flowerbeds are similar to those you would find in an English country garden! Dinner and accommodation at Kandawgyi Lodge, Maymyo or similar.
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Pyin Oo Lwin - Lashio
Breakfast. Early morning, transfer from your hotel to Pyin Oo Lwin railway station, where you board the Lashio train to Lashio for a journey of approximately 6 hours. A simple picnic lunch will be provided for your train trip. The train stops at many local stations and passes, very slowly, over the Goikteik Viaduct, built in 1903 across a 300-meter deep gorge. At Kyaukme, leave the train and continue by car to Lashio. Upon arrival in Lashio, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Lashio - Pyin Oo Lwin
Breakfast. Lashio is particularly beautiful from November to February, the cool months when the trees are in bloom. Early morning, visit the colorful local market where you can often see minority people selling their produce. Continue to Quan Yin San Chinese Temple, possibly the largest Chinese temple in Myanmar and always busy with Lashio's many Chinese residents. Visit Sasana 2500 Pagoda, which enjoys nice views over Lashio, and then Mansu Pagoda, said to be over 250 years old. Continue to Thiri Mingala Man Kyaung, a monastery that people visit from far and wide to see a monk who is believed to be able to predict fortunes very accurately. Return to Maymyo by road, which is scenic but in a deplorable condition due to the many lorries carrying goods from the China border to Mandalay (this route is often referred to as the Burma Road). Stop for a late lunch at a (very) local restaurant in Hsipaw, which was home to one of the last Shan Princes and his Austrian wife until 1964. Arrive in Maymyo in the evening. Dinner and accommodation at Kandawgyi Lodge, Maymyo or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay
Breakfast. Return to Mandalay by road.
Breakfast

Included

Same guide throughout the whole tour, with the language guide of your choice (English, Italian, French or German - other language guides available on request)
Full board daily
Accommodation in hotels as specified above
Transportation by air-conditioned cars, minibuses or buses
Train tickets in Upper-Class from Maymoo to Kyaukme
All entrance fees

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
All other expenses of a personal nature

Notes

* Hotels in Lashio are very basic. The service is minimal and electricity supply often fails.

 

 
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