Pyin oo Lwin was the hill stop for many British. It’s relatively high altitude of around 1,070 m allowed them to escape the ever-rising temperatures in places such as Mandalay and ‘cool off’. During this era the town was called Maymyo and is still sometimes referred to this today. Nowadays it is filled with more recent building developments, however it still has a wonderful charm about it and is very easy to explore and discover some of the magnificent waterfalls that can be found in the surrounding area. The botanical gardens in the town are stunning and are a unique addition to Myanmar. They were opened in 1915 are still beautifully maintained with various dedicated flower shows being held there throughout the year. There is a $5 entry fee, but it is well worth it from the beautiful aromas and views that you experience. There are also several beautiful 19th century houses that have now been converted into Hotels which you can stay the most famous being; The Candacraig. This mansion was built in 1904 and can be accessed by the old style but still authentic, horse and cart that is still the main form of transport around the town to the present day. The Pwe Gauk Falls are just east of Pyin oo Lwin and consist of a series of six small waterfalls and are a popular place to go for the locals and some tourists especially when the heat gets too much. They are a magnificent place to relax and some simple restaurants can also be found in there are where refreshments are available. The best waterfall is probably the Dat taw Gyaint waterfall to the west of the town. The lowest part of the waterfall splashes intensely into the crystal-clear waters beneath it in which you can swim in. Overall, the waterfalls are a great day out to get a different experience of Myanmar.