Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 1:17 PM Last Post By: Grahamapoole
Sep 23, 2012 1:09 AM
Sep 23, 2012 7:38 AM
2I'd take a bus. I've taken that train, and what should have been a 10-12 hour trip ended up being and 18 hour trip. If you want to take a train for the experience of it (which you should), I'd recommend taking a train between Pyin U Lwin and Hsipaw. Takes just long enough and the scenery is stunning.
I think you should be fine with just showing up by the way. Booking from outside of Myanmar seems unlikely and unnecessary. For information, I would just visit the train station the afternoon before.
Sep 23, 2012 1:35 PM
3I love trains but this was the most disappointing train trip I have ever travelled, leaving at 06.30 Rangoon and arriving 21.30 Mandalay. The year 2011.
Supposedly the first class carriage, nearest the loco. The Lavvy was a tiny cubicle with urine sloshing over my flipflops. There was no door between end of carriage and loco. The seats which were equivalent to the business class on aircraft in the 1970's were broken. Am more than just familiar with Indian National Railways but here no one spoke.
Dont do it - take a bus or aeroplane.
Sep 23, 2012 10:35 PM
4Train Schedule for Yangon - Mandalay
Yangon - Mandalay : ETD 04:00 - ETA 0610
ETD 05:30 - ETA 2130
ETD 0600 - ETA 2200
ETD 1215 - ETA 0400
It is not possible to buy this tickets for aboard . They just sell advance tickets 3 days prior of departure date .So , you are recommended to take help of travel agents or freelance tour operator .
Welcome to Myanmar !
Oct 1, 2012 7:15 AM
5Hi fellow travellers,
Thx forr your advise.
But I am somewhat confused : if this train experience is such a pain, what would be the best alternative way of going to Mandalay ?
Oct 1, 2012 7:29 AM
Oct 6, 2012 7:31 AM
7The best way certainly isn't to fly, as the experience and sights and scenery would then be zero - negating the whole point of being in Burma. And a day or night in a bus seat doesn't appeal either for such a long journey.
In fact, the Rangoon to Mandalay trains are pretty comfy, the better carriages clean and reasonably attractive, but usually without air-con, just windows that open. Which has its benefits! It's all about expectations, Burma is behind most other Asian countries in transport, but that in many ways makes it all the more an experience, an adventure.
Trains can run late, but taking a sleeper train from Rangoon with an 06:15 scheduled arrival time in Mandalay I was confident of another hour or two's sleep. So imagine our shock and horror when we rolled in just 5 minutes late at 06:20!
However, we loved the experience, speeding north out of Mandalay on the historic British-built railway, with the smell of the village fires wafting in through open windows and the occasional golden stupa flashing by. I'd do it again like a shot.
You need to book the train at the station a day or two ahead.
So go for it!
Oct 6, 2012 1:17 PM
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