Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo named by the British after Colonel May, is a popular scenic hill station, over 1000 metres above sea-level, located in the Shan Highland, some 67 kilometers (42 mi) east of Mandalay. It is well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees, eucalyptus and silver-oak abound in town. This one-time British hill town hideaway, about two hours drive from Mandalay, offers cool weather, eclectic architecture and period stagecoaches.
The National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens formerly National Botanical Gardens is located in the Alpine town of Pyin U Lwin (formerly Maymyo), Myanmar, situated at an elevation of 1000 metres (3,605 ft) and 69 km (43 mi) by road from Mandalay. The Botanical Garden was first founded in the year 1915-16 by one British botanist named Mr. Alex Roger who began collecting local plants and trees and cultivating them on 30 acres of land at the present site. It was only in 1919 that the Government gave official sanction to it. The original area of the Botanical Garden was 170 acres of land and 70 acres of water totalling 240 acres. With a nearby constant supply of sufficient spring water from the great lake, the plan of the Garden was laid out on the design of Kew Gardens in England. In 1920 the Forest Department issued a notification No. 207 which declared the Botanical Garden as a forest reserve and placed it under the custody of the Department. In several plots were planted 4840 trees mostly pine varieties, 575 different floral species and many exotic fruit flower and shade trees from abroad that were acclimatized to grow in the Garden. Besides, vast meadows and several seasonal flower beds were arranged and hundreds of wild orchids from different parts of the country were collected and displayed in the Orchid Green House in the garden. The garden thus became one of the world class botanical gardens. It has been used to promote extensive ecotourism in Burma. The National Botanical Gardens is managed by the Ministry of Forestry. Forty two acres of the site are a protected forest area. The gardens are popular among tourists, who enjoy the rolling lawns and Alpine landscape reminiscent of those in England.
Pwe Kauk Fall is on the way to Lashio, about 8km from town. It is also called Hampshire Falls in British times. It's a very pleasant picnic spot.