Myanmar (once Burma) located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia – a nation with more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, China, Laos, Thailand, and Bangladesh. It’s capital city Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is home to markets, parks and lakes and the Shwedagon Pagoda that contains Buddhist relics dating back to the 6th century.
When you travel to this wonderful country, the train is the most alluring way to explore Myanmar. The ride on the train will surely give you scenic views while having the chance to observe the beauty of the place better.
There are two classifications of trains in Myanmar: first is (1) Up (that heads north), and (2) Down (that heads south). Each route has a number: a two to a three-digit number that is designated to each train route.
Below are the classes of trains to give you further information:
|Special Sleeper||⮚ with private self-contained compartments for four (4) people ⮚ there is no access to the rest of the train because the entrance, toilet, sitting and sleeping areas are separate ⮚ you will be provided with water and fresh bedclothes||⮚ Yangon to Bagan|
|Standard Sleeper||⮚ with two and three-berth lockable compartments ⮚ with washbasin and closet at the end of every sleeper carriage ⮚ you will be provided with bedclothes||⮚ Yangon to Malanday ⮚ Malanday to Myitkyina|
|Upper Class||⮚ seats are large and comfortable||⮚ All trains|
|First Class||⮚ seats are wooden but with cushioned bottoms||⮚ Certain Trains|
|Ordinary Class||⮚ simple wooden seats||⮚ All trains|
Note: Yangon to Mandalay route is superior to others, wound the country.
The historic railroads of Myanmar get travelers to several destinations off the beaten track. To give you an overview, here are some train routes that will deserve a place to your itinerary: 1. Mandalay to Hsipaw 2. Yangon to Bagan 3. Yangon’s Circular Train Route 4. Mandalay to Myitkyina 5. Bago to Mawlamyine 6. Thazi to Swenyaung 7. Yangon to Bago to Taungoo 8. Yangon to Mandalay
Tickets can be booked online at least five days ahead of your departure time. However, reserving seats for train travel in person is different. Tickets for the ordinary and first-class seats should be reserved one day ahead of your departure time. Meanwhile, upper class and sleeper cabins can be booked up to two weeks before the departure time.
Tickets are priced in Kyat, which costs ranges from K1,000 and K-10,000, which is equivalent to USD 10 to USD 25.
i. Be at the station ahead of your departure time ii. Always bring your passport iii. Wear warm clothes for trains can get cold at night iv. Stretch your legs and arms whenever there is a chance v. Buy your ticket ahead of time to be hassle-free vi. Bring your toiletries with you