There’s no two ways about it, train travel in Myanmar can be a bumpy experience! Relying on narrow gauge tracks which date from the days of British Burma, train journeys can be slow, schedules can be unpredictable and the seats aren’t exactly the height of comfort. Given this, and the excellent regular domestic flights services it would be tempting to avoid train travel altogether especially if you have a limited amount of time in country. However travelling by train is a super way to get a different perspective on the country, experience some spectacular scenery and interact with local people. We can build a short train journey into your holiday itinerary, a good option is to take a short ride on the circle train in Yangon, to travel over the rickety Gokteik viaduct near Pyin Oo Lwin, north east of Mandalay or take a train journey from the former hill station of Kalaw to Lake Inle.
For those who are more adventurous, there are longer train journeys such as the overnight option between Yangon and Mandalay which can take around 14 hours or longer. It is undeniably basic but can be a rewarding experience as Hazel (an Experience Travel Group client) wrote about here.