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Why Yangon Circular Train is special ?
Yangon Circular Railway s the local commuter rail network that serves the Yangon metropolitan area. Operated by Myanmar Railways, the 45.9-kilometre (28.5 mi) 39-station loop system connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city. The railway has about 200 coaches, runs 20 times and sells 100,000 to 150,000 tickets daily. The loop, which takes about three hours to complete, is a way to see a cross section of life in Yangon.
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Within hours of arriving in Yangon, took the circular train. 1000 kyats (1$) for 3 hour round trip. Most interesting part was seeing locals on the train selling food etc. Stopped at a very interesting and colourful market half way round which is a must see.
I was directed to a train with Windows, air conditioning & cushions. No toilet. It Began briskly, & After 2 Hours i was convinced we would be back to the main station WITHIN 10 minutes. That's when the train slowed, thĂŠn completely stopped & we Were Left about 5/6 of the way there, sitting, waiting, losing the ac. Some People clambered off. The rest of us restlessly Moved about, changed to a car with more ac, etc. Some minutes After 3 Hours had passed, the train started up again & we returned to the beginning. Windows Were extremely dirty. Locals Were patient & squeezed together when needed. There were lovely parts of the local truck farming & local markets. The end came Far too late.
On arrival at Central Station we were greeted by friendly, helpful locals who enquired "Circle Train"? On answering in the affirmative, we were directed to Platform 7 and provided with information on how/where to purchase tickets. Tickets cost 200 kyats per person, which entitles you to do the full circle of 39 stops and takes approximately 3 hours, however you are free to get off at any of the stops along the way. We alighted at at Insein (stop # 16) to make our way to Kyauk Taw Gyi. The train, which was open window with no doors, was a great way to see the local life and within a very short distance it was hard to believe that we were in such a big city. We enjoyed interacting with the locals who also use the train and it was great to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Would highly recommend taking this train, if only for a few stops. If we are ever back in Yangon and have the time would do the full circle.
A must-do as this train ride gives an excellent insight into local life for just $1 US. Sit in the regular section (long benches on either side with the middle open) as that is where the vendors sit and where the sellers come through at the station stops. The whole ride is 3 hours but there are numerous stops where...