Burma, Mark Smith in Thazi Travel
I had one of the most satisfactory rail rides of all time in an almost unfamiliar land, on an arcane side track. I landed at the intersection Thazi three hour before Burma's second capital. There was a railway and a few dust roads, that was all it seemed to be. The next morning at 8 a.m. he unveiled a secret jewel: the Thazi slowly moving through the hill to Shwenyaung, the head of the railroad of Lazare.
So I sat down in my spotty and tattered chair and the platoon slowly started and found a speed around 15mph. There was nothing between you and her, just a big open windows. In one place the procession climbed a row of serpentines, zigzag and zag until the ascent was complete.
Lastly, he arrives at Shvenyaung in the evening, a 25-minute cab journey from Lake Inle, where a lovely timber house town is standing on stilt posts and fishermen are still fishing from old wood vessels.
About 20 kilometers eastern of Meiktila lies Thazi, another hub city in central Burma, this year on the north-south rail line, the end point of the line to Kalaw and Shwenyaung (for Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake) and the west-east Meiktila-Kalaw highways.
About 20 kilometers eastern of Meiktila lies Thazi, another hub city in central Burma, this year on the north-south rail line, the terminus of the line to Kalaw and Shwenyaung (for Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake) and the west-east Meiktila-Kalaw highways. There is no need to remain here except for a missing link - and while a Kalaw rail arrives (theoretically) on schedule to change to a connecting Mandalay rail, you may well miss the link (or find no free seats) and be stranded here for a single overnight.
But this is no great waste, because in Thazi there is an exceptionally welcoming guest house, about 10 minutes on foot from the railwayhof. Whilst their rooms are not big shocks, they more than make up for that with their greetings, and while there is at least one other place to sleep (only from Moon Light), we say directly to Moon Light - they won't be full.
There is a basic eatery on the guest house groundfloor and, if you want to dine somewhere else, there are a few other restaurants between the guest house and the sta. When you take the early bird to Mandalay, you can buy a good moohinga in the small store opposite the railway entry and settle in New Bagan.
The only place we stayed was in Thazi, so we didn't even go exploring the area, and some backpacker tourists who lived here and were sick for three nights were relentless that there was nothing at all to do in Thazi. Orienteering Thazi is little more than a railway and throughroad.
There is a railway terminal in the centre and the thoroughfare to Kalaw is only a few steps away. In Thazi there are no cash machines. The Moon Light has a low -speed but useable WiFi link.