Thứ Năm, 26 tháng 7, 2018

Train travel - Real journey in burma

Train get to in myanmar may be a true tour trip if you are not well papeared and accept for real infrastruture conditions in burma. However, it can be very fun and featured experience that you may never find in another country

If thinking about experiencing several modes of transport in burma, traveling by train may be an unforgettable experience to them. Depending on your physical condition, this may make your myanmar tours from challenging to adrenaline bumping adventures. However, train riding be able to be the best way to attempt challenging experiences as local citizen. Let look into this deeper with's real experience in our FAM trip on Aug 2014 to decide this adventure suits you or not.
Train in Myanmar
SEA WANDER inspect trip on Aug 2014. Train from Yangon - Mandalay in 15 hours. This official helped us very much to keep our door locked (actually fastened !?!) during the night trip.
Myanmar Travel by Train
The most well known and possibly longest rout train is Yangon – Mandalay. It departs at 5 pm, ends at 8 am of the following days and takes 15 hours sharply. If you have to get this thoughtful of trip, be sure that you are strong enough to survive when the trip finishes. Generally, Myanmar’s trains are ancient. The railway tracks were degraded seriously and the carriages shake so intensively that it is impossible to read or even walk. Throughout the way, trains shake continuously, sway left to right, then jump up to down. It will be very much beyond your imagination and completely in the opposite side to trains visit in Vietnam or any other SEA countries. Inside cabins, fans – yes, soft berth – yes, air conditioners – no, lock – kinda…yes, actually a hook which easily loose off because of train shaking. The tips is to try to look for some fasteners to keep the door “locked” (!?). The train moves rather fast but due to the rail way condition that makes the whole carriage bounce steadily. (View clip details here)
myanmar train travel in Mandalay

So that is the review, let answer fundamental questions:
- Is it cheap? Yes, definitely around US$ 40 compare to a flight at around US$ 110 to US$ 120.
- How is its hard level? Challenging to adrenaline bumping.
- Is it worth to experience? Very much depends. If you are very interested in real local life, very great health, hunger for real adventure, the answer is yes. Otherwise, believe about it again.
- Roughly pick one word, do you suggest it for regular travel? Nope.
- Is there any alternative inexpensive such as this? Yes. VIP buses, overnight drive at around US$ 20-30/person per way. State of the art vehicle, smooth street, business seats and lavatory installed.
- I am a bit worried but it sounds so fun, I just want to experience train a little bit. What do you recommend? Ok. Take a shorter train like from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin or Yangon Circle Train
A deluxe, premium train might be launched around Oct – Nov 2014 with an expectation of more convenient and easier ride. This information probably take happiness for travelers who tend to carry a burma journey in the future, and also overture more choices for them, comfortable feeling or interestingly challenging feeling as local people.

burma now is changing so fast, so stay tuned and keep updated with us!

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