"Very unhappily, land borders..." Myanmar (Burma) Transportation Tip by SueRivet

Myanmar (Burma) Transportation: 149 reviews and 165 photos


Very unhappily, land borders are currently closed to tourists because of the ongoing political nonsense. You have to fly in, either to Yangon or Mandalay. This immediately makes a visit a bit pricier than it ought to be, but what can you do?
Now that's a different story!!! I grew to love riding the trains in Myanmar, even though they are dirty, crowded, and slow. You really have to understand that there is a real experience in the journey, not just in the destination, so sit back and enjoy! Train travel is looooooong, and locals know to bring their lunch pails. Forgot yours? No matter; at each stop (and there are many), vendors ply their food offerings outside the open windows of the cars. Piping fresh samosas, fresh pineapple, banana, mango, rice cooked in bamboo, they're all yours, and cheap, so experiment! Even if you're not feeling adventurous enough by the time the engine picks up again, someone in your car may offer you some of his or her tidbit. There are also vendors on the train selling packaged goodies, as well as water.

There are two major train routes, north-south from Yangon to Mandalay and points north (I went as far as Lashio), and east-west from Thazi to Taunggyi and points east (I only went as far as Shweyaung.)

Type: Train

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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