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Myanmar's most beautiful train journeys
Myanmar's train system tends to be erratic, especially the more distant routes run from Yangon. Estimated arrivals and departures almost always change, often by the hour, so be adaptable to get the most out of train traffic in Myanmar. The standard of cleanness and convenience is relatively low, as most of Myanmar's locomotives are very old.
Sitting and corridors are quite worn and spotty, the bathroom is simple and the whole trip can be very jerky regardless of the category. Driving in normal grade is the least expensive way to explore Myanmar. Pillows for certain types of train. Luxury vehicles have bigger, more comfortable seating.
Two or four-bed cabins with common bathroom can be reserved from Yangon to Mandalay and from Mandalay to Myitkyina. One of the most costly options is a sleeping cab which is normally only available on the Yangon to Bagan part. It is possible to purchase train passes on-line, but for a charge through individual operators.
For personal train reservations, normal and premium train seat reservations can be bought one full working full working days in train terminals throughout Myanmar and at a dedicated Yangon ticket sales point. Luxury and sleeping staterooms can be reserved up to two week before departure.
A train journey from Myanmar's capital Mandalay to the rolling hills of Hsipaw offers magnificent vistas and perhaps the most thrilling trip from any rail expedition in Myanmar. The tour leads past the Pyin Oo Lwin holiday town and across the Goetik Viaduct about half way between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw.
It' still the highest rail road in Myanmar, but because of its decay over the years, the train they cross has to decelerate for almost half a mile of sheer thrill. You can either buy round trips or you can take the train in one direction and the coach in the other. A top of the range seating will cost about US $5, Mandalay to Hsipaw about 130 kilometers and will take about 10-15 h.
The trip from Mandalay to Myitkyina gives real train lovers the opportunity to see a train that few have experienced so far. From Shwebo, the first major stop, a rugged, uneven drive through densely wooded jungles takes you to Indawgyi Lake. Get off at Hopin to reach Indawgyi Lake, one of the biggest freshwater areas in Southeast Asia and one of Myanmar's most underestimated wildlife treasures.
If possible, you should reserve a regular sleeping berth, as the 340-mile trip to Myitkyina can take well over 24h. Prices for an upscale threshold segment are below US $25. To Myitkyina and back to Mandalay by train might be the best choice, or flying one way or the other.
The train journey from Yangon to Bagan gives travellers a better feeling for the farming side of Myanmar. Horseback riding in normal or first grade to talk to locals as you watch an memorable evening sun set through open window. A top tier is worth about $12 and an average tier is worth less than $5 by way of compare.
Are you looking for the ideal train trip from Yangon? Drive comfortably to Taungoo on the Yangon-Mandalay Routes and stop briefly in Bago to see the Mahazedi Pagoda. Visit some of its landmarks in historical Taungoo, a former dynastic capitol of Myanmar. The trip from Yangon to Taungoo lasts just over six hour and cost less than US $2, without a fast, option stop in Bago.
Departing from Yangon in the early hours of the night and taking a train or coach in the early hours of the evening will provide a very full outing. The train journey from Yangon to Mon State will take railway passengers to Kyaikto, the stop for Myanmar's icons of gold rocks, and then to Mawlawymyine - Myanmar's fourth-largest town.
Myanmar's almost 260-mile link with Bangkok, Thailand, was built during the Second War under the leadership of the Israeli Forces. From Yangon to Mawlawmyine the entire journey is about 175 mile and lasts about 11 h. The journey to Mawlawmyine will take about 11 mile. Luxury seating costs approximately US $6, take the accommodation tour, take the early bird forenoon with Mawlawmyine, drive to Thanbyuzayat in the afternoons to read more about this dark chapter of global humanity, and then drive back to Mawlawmyine for the darker nights.
From Yangon highway branch off to Mandalay in Thazi, then continue to Kalaw and stop at Shwenyaung, Inle Lake. The train ride is rolling down hilly terrain to get to Shwenyaung, not to be mistaken for Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake's major junction about seven mi.
Thazi and Shwenyaung are only about 150 leagues away, but the track winds up and down making it one of Myanmar's slower lines. Turn around Yangon by taking the Ringbahn to explore the town and its surroundings. This almost three-hour train ride, which is mainly used for commute, passes very closely to the busy market along the rails and in the more rustic suburbs of Myanmar's thriving trading town.
You can buy less than US $1 in any of the 38 train stops on the line or on the six or seven platforms at Yangon Central Railway Terminal. Yangon Central Railway is ideal for observing humans, and a large rail yard near by - usually full of rusty, old-fashioned-looking wagons and engines - is the right place to take a picture!
Yangon to Mandalay is one of the busiest lines, connecting the two major Myanmar towns. The train commutes well for a timely ride to Mandalay and back to Yangon. It' not necessarily the most dramatic train ride through Myanmar, but it is more convenient to get to the good things.
On the way there Nay Pyi Taw, the capitol of Myanmar, will stop. Sleeping is a great way to save valuable time for trips to Myanmar and to save your time. As most of Myanmar's astonishing encore adventure lasts many lessons, it is best to get dressed in comfort, grab a cushion for additional assistance and take lots of refreshments and drink lots of fresh air if the train does not come with a dining coaches.
The natives, who sell everything from sliced pineapples to single smokes, usually pop up for a few seconds as the train passes through the cities, or pop off to take a fast snack at a teahouse near the rails when it' s safe to do so.