Yangon to Mawlamyine TrainThe Yangon to Mawlamyine train
Trains to Mawlamyine
There are two daily departures from Yangon to Mawlamyine, with the first train departing at 6:00 in the mornings, reaching Mawlamyine at 15:30 and the next train reaching Yangon at 7:15 and Mawlamyine at 18:30. On the way back to Yangon, breakfast leaves Mawlamyine at 6:00 in the mornings, arrivals in Yangon at 15:45, the next train leaves Mawlamyine at 10:00 and arrivals in Yangon at 20:00.
Formerly leaving at 6am, the train only makes two stations in Thaton and Kyaitiyo, getting to its destinations faster than the later one. You must show your pass when you buy a train pass at the train stop. A $16 dollar Mawlamyine-Yangon seat fare for top-of-the-range ('4,000 kyat for locals') can be bought at number 7 on the west end of Mawlamyine Park.
We have two classes: Upper Class and Ordinary Class. In the case of foreign nationals, it is usually presumed that they want luxury class seating, which is usually much more luxurious and roomier than full class seating. If you have a corridor or windows, your tickets have a license number (e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc.) and a seating number, e.g. A6, B6, C6 D6, whereby the number relates to the rows of seating and the letters A, B, C, S. The number relates to whether you have a corridor or windows.
Spots A and S are windows and S and C are aisles.
Slowest train in Myanmar: From Dawei to Mawlamyine
2,000 Kyaat ($2.00 in 2014) - Travelling by train from Dawei to Mawlamyine is certainly not quick, but it is fascinatingly inexpensive. Everyone aboard the world' s sluggest train in Myanmar! There are 2 railway stops in Dawei. Dawei > Ye > Mawlamyine Line departs from Dawei Central Railway at 5:40 am and 6:10 am.
That'?s the ticketing clerk at his Saigging--? office: It was this kind man at Dawei train stop who saved my time! From Dawei to Mawlamyine the train leaves for Kyaikto, Bago and Yangon (arrival 06:20). From Dawei, the train ends in Ye, where there is a 15-minute stop.
They have to transfer to Mawlamyine (simply from one to the other). So I didn't buy a train pass in anticipation, and the porter let me go for free. But when we got to Ye, he was escorting me to the cash register to buy a bus fare to Mawlamyine - Ober Classic, about 2,000 yat / $2.00.
Lonely Planet's Myanmar Tour Guide is also recommended to help you organize your journey. In spite of my perseverance, everyone on the stage was insisting that I could not go in the normal classes - no explanation, the valuable alien has to go to the upclass. Myanmar's rail pass supervisor was checking a monk's pass, but he wouldn't let me buy it..... Foreigners via one of Buddha's own?
Ticketing Officer asked a friar for his voucher, but not me?! Maybe the payer may have been an exemption, as 2 other friars who later came on board were not screened for ticketing or checkforward. Also on the packaged train nobody was sitting next to him, unlike the two other friars who got in and out at different hours and were sitting with simple people.
Whilst not always in vain a monk rides, he always gets a place, usually the best or front one. The luxury segment had quite luxurious seating with various levels of the non-adjustable backrest. A good place for my own top layers- foreigners' privilege! Irrespective of the silence of the rolling luxuriant countryside, it clashes with the noisy, shaky sway of the slowly bumping Myanmar train, with twigs and foliage flowing against the train and sloshing into the skylights.
But the train does not wake up, crawls on narrow-gauge railways and compensates for its lack of celerity. At first slowly, then with increasing tempo, the train comes to live over the 8-hour ride - not with mechanic accelerations, but with people. I had so much to enjoy on the Slow Train in Myanmar and it was one of my best experience in Myanmar.
Outdoors the green landscape largely corresponded to the endless sway of the train: herbaceous, foliate, rural; scrubs, saplings, woods, scrubs, plants-the green without blossoms or fruits. Rather, this monotonous nature crosses with periodic stations and the corresponding animations of the slower train in Myanmar. Whilst the scenes were the same at all stations, it was still a captivating glimpse into everyday activities in the area:
There are more people awaiting Myanmar's sluggishest train! That second platoon, from Ye to Mawlamyine, was much more civilised - once again in the elite. There was no one on the ground but a monk. Again, the train hierarchies are confused, as the behaviour of the holiest riders is illuminated.
Watched friars were on smart phones and laptops, exchanged purses and clocks with merchants on board, and wore radio sets that played odd sounds, neither singing nor music. These back-to-back moves have changed scenery as much as it can sometimes be when they crossed borders between states. In the midst of all this, the trembling and the sound of the train did not subside, only intensified by the cracks of the flash.
This train ride in Myanmar was a marvellous adventure in every respect. A wide area of Myanmar was protected - from the early cold of the mornings to the hot temperatures of the days and the slightly chilly wind of the nights - in geographical and social terms. Whilst complaints about this often slanderous ministry of administration are well-founded, the trip was memorable, with a precious Myanmar trip lessons - never take a overnight train!
Remember to take out tourist health cover before every visit to Myanmar. Have you read The Slowest Train in Myanmar? From Dawei to Mawlamyine? What is your preferred train ride to Myanmar?