Getting from Yangon to Mandalay

Arrival from Yangon to Mandalay

Mandalay to Yangon, Burma Burma, or Myanmar, is located in Southeast Asia and is ruled by a repressive army regim. But sometimes the authorities relax the tourist constraints so that fearless travellers can savour the country's attractions. Burma's two biggest towns are Mandalay, in the middle of the nation, and Yangon (also known as Rangoon), near the south shore.

Travelling between the two towns can be problematic because the country's transport infrastructures are either inadequate or non-existent. Myanmar's Inland Navigation (IWT) is run by the Myanmar authorities on the Mandalay, Pyay and Yangon River Canal. Passengers using inland navigation must exchange a ticket for a Yangon crossing in Pyay.

The journey lasts between five and eight working nights. A number of privately owned tour operators provide Mandalay-Yangon cruise offerings. They are much more costly than the ferry, but board and lodging are provided. The offers reach from shorter distance busses, which can be rather rustical, up to air-conditioned luxurious busses for longer journeys.

Whereas it is only about 400 mile between Mandalay and Yangon, the journey by coach will probably include at least one, if not two, night coaches. Busses often have no baths on the boat, but riders should make a number of stall visits for the convenience of passengers. Rent a vehicle and a chauffeur.

When you don't want to go by local transport, rent a personal vehicle between Mandalay and Yangon. Mandalay has a number of hotel and tourist offices to help you recruit a chauffeur. It is the goverment that manages the railway line and track between Mandalay and Yangon. The journey by rail lasts about 15h.

Go to Yangon. There are four Burmese carriers serving Burma, but they can be very untrustworthy and inaccessible. Flights are a fast way to get around Burma, however, and you can buy your ticket within a single working days of your flight from the international airports or your nearest Burma tourist agency. Travellers must obtain a visas at the Burmese embassy in their home country in good time before their journey.

Since early 2011, the Myanmar administration is no longer kind to the United States, and US tourist have been molested by US administration and army officers in the past. Before you travel, enroll with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and inform the U.S. federal agency of your travelroute.

Virginia Watson, New York City, has been a professional writer and editor since 2004. Their work has been featured in journals such as "The Roanoker Magazine", "Blue Ridge Country", "Pinnacle Living" and the award-winning "Virginia State Travel Guide". "Watson has a Master of Arts degree in educational science from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

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