There is no better way to come into contact with the local life than going for a ride in Yangon circular train. If Yangon is known as a hustle and bustle city, the loop train journey will bring a completely different side of Burmese life and also memorable experiences for the tourists.
What is special about this unique train?
The Yangon railway circle line was built in 1954 during the British colonials with . It is now used by most of lower income locals owing to the cheap price of 200 kyat (about 20 cents). Therefore, you can have a fascinating adventure to come close to the Burma’s local life with a little chance of tourists.
Yangon circular train has the route of 45.9 km in length from Yangon and back with 39 stopping points offering a lot of interesting options of both urban and suburban spots for tourists to visit. The train goes through not only the most famous attractions of Yangon such as the shimmering golden Shwedagon pagoda, the magnificent Karaweik palace or the gorgeous Sule pagoda, etc. but also quiet and peaceful countryside landscapes. Although bearing the disadvantages of not having the air – conditioning, hard seats, bumpy and slow speed, Yangon circle line is the best way to discover the lives in and around this city.
Memorable Experiences on board – An Insight into the Local Life
People in Burma still use the circle railway as a main mode of transport to go to school, to work or to transfer the goods from home to market for sale. It plays a very important role in their daily lives.
The carriage starts to fill with locals after each station carrying their big plastic bags of food, poultry, eggs, vegetables and all kinds of merchandise onboard. The appearance of them makes the coach become livelier and more vivacious. Furthermore, everybody seems to be very friendly and sociable who always carry a big smile on their face. Some will even sit next to you to make a conversation or just to practice their English because simply you may be the first foreigner that they have ever to communicate with.
» Yangon circular train tour is truly an authentic Burma journey where your senses are wide open.
The scenery changes as the train keeps pushing forward, from busy townships to rustic villages, from concrete buildings to modest huts. It seems like the life in the suburb is different far from the bustle and flashy city life. Everything is slow and peaceful, just people with their daily life, plowing the fields, fishing or collecting the water hyacinths, children play aside the rail road.
From time to time, the train runs slow enough so the pedlars can hop on with the trays full of yummy treats on their head selling snacks and drinks to satisfy the thirst and hunger of passengers.
The train stops many times but they are really quick stops for just about 20 seconds. The ticket allows you to get on and off every train at any stations in the circle but be noticed that the next train will not arrive within an hour. But don’t hesitate to hop off and make your way around in the marketplace holding at the station where the Burmese life is at its liveliest. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, local food and drinks, etc. are selling in the commotion market. Women shout out the number, name of the products waving for passing customers which to invite them to buy their goods. The markets usually open at cockcrow so if you want to capture all of these exciting moments, catch the early train.
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