Mandalay Lashio ExpressThe Mandalay Lashio Express
m. or 4 a.m.?
It' a different from those of us who also want to hang on the rattlesnake in Pyin Oo Lwin. 4 o'clock in the morning was always a very unpleasant launch hour and I assume that many more of us OS people would be present at the later launch. You can take the collective taxis or the Pyin Oo Lwin at 6:00 a.m. to reach the rail.
We took the late September 2014- 24. and at this hour it was still 4 am, you need to take your pass to the railway to get your 1,200k first grade Mandalay ticket to Oo Lwin Airport, its the Lashiorain. it came in O Lwin around 8.30 am.
Hello, I plan to take the Mandalay to Hsipaw by the end of February 2015. Can I know if the Mandalay departures are 4am or 540pm?
The Shan State railroad: From Mandalay to Hsipaw
Shan State is the most beautiful and charming area in Myanmar. Weather is very chilly with unexpectedly chilly evenings, as the Shan Plateau's mean altitude is about 1000m. Shan Plateau, also known as Shan Hills or Shan Yoma, is a huge mountain country with peaks up to a maximum altitude of 2000m.
of the Shan State Divison card. Southshan State - Inle Lake, Kalaw and Nyaung Shwe are important travelers. Northern Shan State - Pyin O Lwin, Kyaukme, Hsipaw and Lashio, mainly hiking here and the Gokteik Rail. Eastern Shan State - Is mostly taboo, you can only take a flight to Kengtung, which can also be reached from Thailands frontier checkpoint Mae Sai/Tachilek.
As the British reigned Burma, they left Shan State relatively autonomous; it was governed by seigneurs with small empires such as Yawnghwe (Nyaung Shwe), Hsipaw, Hsenwi, Lawksawk and Samka; and today it is still a somewhat stubborn area that the federal administration is trying to oversee. Burma is actually a land with many different ethnical groups: in the centre the Bamar (the two third of Myanmar's population), in the north the Kachin, the Karen in the southeast and so on.
Most of the inhabitants of the Bangar River are living in the Irrawaddy River Pool, the main river through which the Irrawaddy River runs from the high mountains in the northern hemisphere to the Bengal seaside. Visits to Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay give you a restricted glimpse of the land; basically, you only go to the Irrawaddy River Pool.
The old Britains city Yangon is in the Irrawaddy Delta; Bagan and Mandalay are in the "dry zone" and also belong to Burma. Situated in the Shan Mountains, Inle See, Hsipaw and Pyin-Oo-Lwin are some of the most intriguing and enjoyable places to be. All the more reasons to go there:
An indigenous area, the state is a clan-hot-spot. Hsipaw route. Following Burma's sovereignty, Burma's consecutive leaders (the Bamar rulers) have behaved more like colonists to the northern and eastern states. It was one of the indigenous states that did not even want to be part of Burma's sovereign state.
During historical periods, some of the Saophas (kings or chieftains) of Shan state payed homage to the Myanmar emperor in Mandalay, but others had stronger links with the Chiang Mai (Lanna) emperors in the North. While the British made Shan State relatively autonomous in settlement, Burma's government was very repressive, especially the Tatmadaw.
This has led to the devastation of whole Shan State towns and refugee centres with expelled tribesmen in Thailand's frontier area. In many parts of Myanmar there are large minority groups such as Shan State, Mon State and Kachin. From Mandalay to Pyin U Lwin and across the Gokteik Gorge to Hsipaw.
In Myanmar, the best way to get back to the past is by rail. Between Mandalay and Hsipaw/Lashio is the most interesting scenic one. It follows approximately the same road as the Mandalay motorway and ends in Lashio, culminating in the 100 metre high Mt.
There' s a cross-country up-train to Lashio and a down-line to Mandalay. A lot of folks take a cab to Pyin-Oo-Lwin and from there take the to Gokhteik, because the Mandalay rail is very fast and departs at 4am. Myanmar's flower city, Pyin U Lwin, was formerly named Maymyo when it was the former UK government's summers city.
The Gokteik viaduct map - the railway line from Mandalay to Hsipaw. Central railway station: Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Nawngkhio, Gokteik, Nawngpeng, Kyaukme, Hsipaw, Lashio. Some possible trips are starting from: Mandalay. Mandalay's up-line starts at 04:00 in the mornings. In Mandalay, if you really like travelling by rail, but it takes 4 hrs to get to Pyin Oo Lwin - the rail has to zigzag up the crag.
It is only 1.5 hrs by cab. This is Pyin Oo Lwin. Pyin Oo Lwin up-line: 08:15 departures and 12:00 arrivals in Nawngpeng. From Nawngpeng, take the down-line 12:30 back to Mandalay. In Nawngpeng you only have about 30 min. time, so you will miss the Down Line trains if the Up-line trains leave more than 30 min. later.
Hsipaw. It is a very beautiful departure: Take a cab or coach to Hsipaw and take the 09:40 to Pyin Oo Lwin or Mandalay. The arrival in Pyin Oo Lwin is around 4 pm. Buses to Hsipaw: 6h from Mandalay to Hsipaw, but cabs leave in only 5h.
Buses depart from Mandalay terminus: Pyi Gyi Myat Shin terminus (36th, 38th and 60th). There are three coach companies from Mandalay to Hsipaw: The Duhtawadi Express, Ye Shin Express, Power5 Express. Lashio flight: You can also take the low speed tram to Mandalay from Yangon to Lashio or from Heho to Lashio.
Rail to Pyin U Lwin/Mandalay arrives gradually at Hsipaw railhead.
When your sleeping car exits the railway yard, a shaky and jerking movement makes it clear that you won't get much asleep. That makes travelling by railway, let's say, more exciting than in India or Thailand. So how secure is the journey? From Mandalay to Lashio the total distance by railway is 280 km (175 miles) in 14 to 15 hrs, which corresponds to an approximate velocity of 19 km/hour.
It is customary for a trainset to be delayed. Conclusion: If you arrive by rail, daytime journeys are preferred to night-time sleepers. For those who want an adventure day tour like the one from Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin, the best choice is therain. Another good ride through the Shan Hills is the zigzag fast Shan Mountain to Kalaw from Thazi.
A nice day ride by rail leads from Moulmein to Yangon, begins at 8am in the morning in the village of Yangon and leads over a long overpass above the village of Moulmein and then across the broad estuary of the Thanlwin (Salween) riverbank before it drops to floor height. Trains travel slow on the approximately 6 km long Viadukt, so there are good possibilities for taking pictures.
It takes about 10 hrs to get from Mawlamyine to Yangon and there are two daily services. After all, Myanmar's rail fares are very low; the Myanmar authorities recognised the poor workmanship of their rail services and cut the fare to the same rate paid by the Myanmar people: "It is now so low that fares are no longer even a mention.
To give just one example: A Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw tickets only cost 3 Dollar in the luxury category and 1.5 Dollar in the subclass (wooden benches). When you want to make the whole journey from Mandalay to Lashio, you will be reset 6 bucks for the overtime.
The yep six bucks for a full ride; 15 long hours you probably don't want to do on a wood bank... so I would seriously consider the six dollar capital expenditure for the comfortable top tier fits. For more information about railway journeys. see also: Goteik viaduct. wwww.seat61. com - The schedule for railways. inwa-advisers. com - The story of the Mandalay-Lashio railway line and viadukt with old photos. switchipseedtravel. com - A warning diary about the night railway from Bagan to Yangon. wwww.pyinoolwin. info from Bagan to Yangon - Holidays & Things. com.
Slightly more than an hour's car ride from Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin is an excellent and invigorating place to visit. Security in Hsipaw and Kyaukme. What is the security of hiking in Shan State? There were a number of incidents of land mine casualties in 2016 in Shan State just to the north of Hsipaw and Kyaukme.
It was in the north of Shan State in the month of May 2016 that two tourist were injured by a land mine. There' s a bad government tip for the area outside the Mandalay-Lashio motorway and the railroad; and beyond towns like Hsipaw and Kyaukme. Review your government trip tips, it is probably negatively for trekking there, although many folks still do it.
Neither the costs for the hospital nor the flight to Thailand in an emergencies are covered by underwriters. Hiking from Kalaw to Inle can be very strenuous in high seasons, which is why some hikers like to hike around Hsipaw. Notice that the riots are taking place in townships just south of Kyaukme in the Kyaukme municipality; this is a very large area more like a county, including Hsipaw, Namtu and Namshan, for example.
So the hassle in Namtu is quite far away (100 km) from the city of Kyaukme. Security around Hsipaw is currently common and for a one-day tour there should be no problem. Probably the surest city to trek in northern Shan State is Pyin Oo Lwin, which is nearest to Mandalay and has a large military and military training camp; the pupils are everywhere in the city.
In the Shan state, an anti-personnel mine can be a bury land mine or a booby mine; in the Shan state, it is called a "trap bomb". Events in North Shan State. Since 2015, two troops have been battling each other in Shan State North: the TNLA (Ta'ang National Liberation Army) and the SSA South (Shan State Army South).
There have been occasional events in 2018. taifreedom.com - Reviews from SSA South (RCSS). en.pslftnla. org - Reviews from TNLA; the PSLF Army PSLF (GRAPHIC!). sharhumanrights. org - Shan Human rights foundation. Cartographies of the Kyaukme and Hsipaw conflict. Shan Hills story behind.
Historic textbooks about Shan State. There are some good reading to do before you go to Shan Hills: This is Pyin Oo Lwin: He undertook a four-month rail trip through Asia; in 1973 he traversed the Gokteik Viaduct. Hipaw: Shan-prrincess. Lunar Highness - Memories of the Shan States, of Sao Sanda.
Taunggyi, Inle Sea and most of Shan State: The Marshall follows in the footsteps of the renowned Sir George Scott through Shan State. Taunggyi, the capitol of Shan State, was born. Other older authors about Burma and the Shan Hills include Maurice Collis and William Somerset Maugham.
Somerset Maugham traveled through Burma and Shan State in the 1920' and written "The Gentleman in the Sallour". Maurice Collis traveled there in the 1930s and published a meanwhile rarity publication, "Lords of the sonset, a tour in the Shan states". He travels up the Irrawaddy to Mandalay, then 26 nights by donkeys from Taunggyi to Keng Tung through the Shan hills and woods from where he drove to Bangkok and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
"against Mandalay for talking, Yangon for boasting and muchlamyine for eating."