Burma 2013. Day 7. Saturday Nov 2. Maymyo to Mandalay.

Saturday 2nd November 2013 14:13

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Day 7. Saturday 2nd November 2013. Bus to Maymyo hill station. Return by bike. We drove by charter bus to the town of Pyin Oo win (Maymo), a former British colonial hill station that is set in the cool, lush hills to the east of Mandalay. Lying at the head of a valley, amidst a landscape blanketed in coffee plantations and wild flowers, Maymyo provides a wonderful slice of colonial eccentricity. We visited a market, and a coffee shop then travelled in a horse-drawn carriage to a catholic church, a 150-year-old British hotel and a buddhist temple. On return to the coffee shop, we collected our lunch boxes and travelled in the bus to National Kandawgyi Gardens, with tall pagodas and black spider monkeys roaming the manicured flower beds and trees around a pretty lake. We mounted our bicycles and enjoyed an exhilarating high speed 3,300 feet descent, through a series of hairpin bends with spectacular views over the surrounding hills. As the road flattened we took the back roads alongside a canal, enjoying beautiful rural rice fields before the city came into view. It was dark and we had no lights. Average speed (including stops) 9mph. Maximum speed 45mph. We transferred by bus back to Yadanarbon Hotel. Later we all ate at Singapura Restaurant again. The bill was $10 per head, including drinks. The food was very good again. See photos at www.ascotphoto.co.uk (Travel | Burma 2013).