Travel to Yangon Burma is more than holiday. It is because Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar (Burma ) and home to an incredible collection of Buddhist pagodas. Previously known as Rangoon.
Moreover , the highlight of the city is the Shwedagon pagodas: a dramatic golden temple that draws thousands of pilgrims every year. Additionally the mix a dash of colonial architecture, bustling open-air markets and a variety of religious monuments and you’ve got a thriving city to explore. Without a doubt , taking circle train ride in Yangon is one of the must do activities while you travel to Yangon Burma.
Especially Riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of the Myanmar people away from the commercial center of the country.
So you are to enjoy it – “ Seeing is believing ’.
What to do first is to go to Yangon’s Central Train Station . you are to walk straight to platform no 06 and 07 as you get to Yangon Central Train Station .Because platform No 06 and 07 are reserved for circlet trains pulling in and out .
Train ticket not expensive ?
Train ticket will cost only 200 kyats ( Local and Foreigner ) and you do not need to show passport to ticket counter to buy the ticket . But you are to let them know your name and correct passport no as well .With handwritten train schedules and passenger lists listed in old paper books, sitting in the office is like stepping back in time as your vintage looking ticket is neatly inscribed and you are walked across the tracks to the appropriate platform ready for the ride.
Route Map Of Circle Train Ride in Yangon
As soon as the train pull out of the station .The carriage rocks and rumbles as you slowly make your way through 50 kilometers of track via 35 stations which form a loop around Yangon.
Train stops at each and every station for only a minute or two. All local passengers jump in and out quickly at every station. The train returns back to Yangon’s city station before making the same journey over and over again throughout the day, until the early afternoon. Undoubtedly the more stations you pass, the more the landscape changes from city concrete to paddy fields and rustic villages, and the more passengers the train picks up.
This is, after all, one of the main and cheapest forms of transportation for the populace.
What you will experience ?
What you will see in the carriage are local ladies sitting peacefully with their plastic baskets. What’s more the kids peacefully stare out the window. Moreover food and drink vendors wander the carriage trying to rapidly quench the hunger and thirst of every passenger . Especially many people are quick to sit next to you just to make a conversation – you will be possibly the only or one of the few foreigners they have ever had contact with.
When the train approach to the market owns . All local people seems busy because local people usually jump on with a bundle of seasonal vegetables , tied up and ready for sale . The local people tuck all purchased vegetables neatly under the seat for safe keeping until they arrive at their station .
As fast as the train is moving on , probably your eyes also want to divert to the tranquil countryside outside of it. You relax for a few moments in the calm that sometimes passes through the carriage yet you watch eagerly for the next commotion to unfold.
Off course , Three hours train ride for loop may be a little too long , especially as you are sitting on a hard seat, and the final hour can seem painfully slow. However, the journey itself is unique, not only because you get to interact with the locals and witness their daily routine, but because this really is an intrepid adventure in the big city…
Now you seems to be confident to enjoy the circle train ride in Yangon .. Please do it , there will be no regret expect rewarding experience of your holiday in Yangon .
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