4 Days Trip to Pyin Oo Lwin, Gokteik Viaduct and Hsipaw
Remark: This tour is just an example and can be customized to your preferences.
Day 1Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin
At 08.00, drive to the former British hill station of PYIN OO LWIN (Maymyo). Now the town is heavily inhabited by Nepalese and Indians, and their crafts and cultures predominate. Visit in Pyin Oo Lwin includes the Market, BOTANICAL GARDEN with its lake, waterfalls, CHINESE TEMPLE soothes our spirit, farms of seasonal fruits and horsecart ride in the town. Today or next days, visit to PEIK KHYIN MYAUNG CAVES, caves almost as old as the land itself and proceed to PWE KYAUK FALLS, a favorite picnic spot for local people.
Overnight stay in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 2Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik Train - Hsipaw
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the railway station and board the Lashio - Mandalay train departing at 08.30 am. This train used to be infamous black-market train in the past transporting goods to and from China. You will travel past pretty hills and scenery. The train will cross the famous 700m long Gokteik Bridge, built in 1900 by the American Pennsylvania Steel Co. The impressive height from the bridge to the bottom of the valley is nearly 300m. After crossing the bridge the train will stop at a small station. You will get the chance to have a better look at the bridge. Upon arrival at NAUNG PAIN station, get off the train and drive to HSIPAW (60 Km, 1½ hour).
Overnight stay in Hsipaw.
(Important: Train in Myanmar is not international standard. If train is in a bit delay or cancelled, take the car to Hsipaw. And try the train on the return way from Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin.)
Explore Hsipaw and sail.
If wish, wake up early morning and visit ‘candlelight market’ of selling and buying local products. After breakfast at hotel, start river journey along the Dokehtawaddy River. After a few minutes walk to the jetty and take private long tail boat. Start upstream sail for around 30 minutes to a fruit plantation and a walk through the plantation, village and then up to a 150-year old monastery (40 minutes walking time). After visiting the monastery, return to the boat and continue sail to the confluence of the Dokehtawaddy River. Break for photos. Continue to a Shan village and take a stroll around the village to meet with the locals and learn more about their culture, traditions and lifestyles.
Then return by boat to Hsipaw and walk to your hotel. The whole journey takes around 5 hours.
Explore around the town and enjoy the sunset views over the river from the hill.
Overnight stay in Hsipaw.
Day 4Hsipaw - Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel. Walk past the morning market before drive back to Mandalay (206 Km, 6 hours). En route visit BAWKYO HOSTRICAL PAGODA and small towns on the way.
Overnight stay in Mandalay.
- Accommodation in shared twin rooms with daily breakfast
- Sightseeing with English speaking station guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with driver
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