Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
Pyin Oo Lwin (or) colonial serenity greets you from 67 km east of Mandalay and 1010 m above sea level. Pyin Oo Lwin has been chosen as a summer retreat town during colonial period because of its nice weather and pleasant atmosphere. On reaching the town, there is immediate change in climate with fresh air and the palm trees give way to pine and fir trees. Pyin Oo Lwin's botanical garden is 49 acres wide and you will find natural forest with walking trails, a rose garden, an orchid house and a number of ponds. The town is quite famous for its British lodges and country homes that still remain in good condition like Purcell Tower; the clock tower in which the clock was made in 1934 and Church of the Immaculate that is 100 years old. The natural water falls nearby town are also a good attraction for visitors.
Thipaw is a town in Northern Shan State on the riverbank of Duthawadi River, 200 km away from Mandalay. Thipaw used to be perhaps one of the wealthiest and powerful Saopha states (feudal lords’ quasi-autonomous territory of the British Colony) of Shan State during the colonial time. Today Thibaw is a quiet town but attractive for the tourists for its beautiful trek way around, authentic villages for meeting with the ethnic minorities, and scenic beauty along the Duthawadi River up to the confluent. One of the famous attractions of Thibaw is the Bowgyo Pagoda.
Located 200 km south of China border at the southern end of Burma Road in a mountain basin at about 855m above sea level, Lashio is the capital of northern Shan State, which is divided into two main districts – Lahio Lay (Little Lashio) and Lashio Gyi (Big Lashio). Nowadays, the town is more and more influenced by Chinese culture. There are some pagodas and a hot spa for tourist attraction. The railroad between Lashio, Thibaw, Kyaukme and Mandalay is quite fascinating since the train passes over the GOKHTEIK viaduct, which is said to be the world's second largest steel bridge of more than a hundred years old and it is considered to be the greatest railway viaduct in the world at the time.
Mogkok – also well-known as The Ruby Land – is located about 124 miles (200 km) northeast of Mandalay and can access by two roads. The valley of Mogkok has been producing some of the world's finest rubies and other colored gems.
Some historians believe the area's earliest inhabitants were the first to discover gemstones in Myanmar, about six thousand years ago. Over centuries, the excitement of discovering rare, precious stones and the promise of commercial rewards lured a steady stream of hopeful miners and gem dealers to the valley. The town itself lies the basin and surrounded by beautiful mountains, and tourists have very rarely visited compared to the other interesting places because of the government permission.