Now we’re guessing that most people who are reading this blog have probably been to a Botanical Garden or two in the lifetime. So going to one in Myanmar might not be top of your list of things to do in this pretty awesome country, but hear us out, because it really is worth it if you have a couple of hours to spare in Pyin Oo Lwin. Odds are it will certainly exceed your expectations and you’ll end up spending a lot longer here then you’d think.
The Gardens themselves were founded in 1915 during the colonial era in Myanmar, when the British used Pyin Oo Lwin as a Summer retreat from the fierce heat in Mandalay.
Now the first thing to love about Pyin Oo Lwin’s Botanical Gardens is the price. It costs only $5 to enter into the gardens, and then you can spend as long as you like here.
What to Expect
The Gardens are beautifully maintained to this day, with great care taken to preserve the different types of flora and fauna you’ll find here. There’s are also dedicated flower shows throughout the year and wildlife in certain areas of the park including gobbons and many different kinds of birds.
One of the highlights is the Aviary, which you can walk through. Featuring peacocks, parrots and many stranger creatures it’s great for children and adults alike and an opportunity to get up and close with these birds.
The Tea Garden is where we took most of our photos. This lovely section has so many different colours from all the flowers and is a great place to sit down and relax on the grass, especially during a nice hot summer day.
Finally Nan Myint Tower is located a little walk to the North of the park and is well worth visiting. Climb the stairs up to the top and enjoy the panoramic views over Pyin Oo Lwin and the surrounding area. There’s a great viewing platform up here that sheds some light on where you’ve been and where you might go later on during your trip.
The Final Word
Pyin Oo Lwin’s Botanical Gardens are the perfect location to sit back and relax during the afternoon, especially if you’ve been on the train that morning. There’s a serene quietness about the gardens that is lacking in other parts of Myanmar and it’s very easy to lose yourself here.