Built during the British colonial times, the Yangon Circular Train (Yangon Circular Railway) is mostly used by locals. But it has since gained popularity among tourists as one of the best and cheapest ways to explore Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon Circular Train/Yangon Circle Train
Departing from Yangon Central Station, the Yangon Circle train goes around 39 stations spanning 45 kilometers.
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The whole train ride from end to end is around 3 hours. The service runs for 20 times a day.
A ticket costs only 200 kyat! Passport is required for tourists.
Where to buy ticket: Platform 7
Get an insight of the everyday life of Burmese people in Yangon through this train ride.
No air conditioning and hard plastic seats.
You won’t get hungry along the ride because there will be many vendors boarding the train. And in our case, we were overwhelmed by the kindness of the Burmese, giving us free food!
It is common to see red spit from betel nut in corners, as well as elders smoking hand-rolled cheroots.
Be prepared for a slow and bumpy ride through the outskirts and suburbs of Yangon.
You’ll get to see endless views of rice paddies, neighborhoods, and mundane daily rituals.
At one point, we were prodded by train officers to sit at the edge. They opened the door and voila, better views than the windows. It got tiring though at one point so we went back to alternating between sitting and standing during the ride.
We were surprised to see more than two tracks. And at one part, the tracks seemed to be under construction.
Half of the trip, it was raining on and off. We took the trip middle of September, still monsoon season for Southeast Asia. The rain managed to cool us off a bit, but it made us nervous since we didn’t bring any umbrella. Luckily, it stopped when we were near our last stop.
This is where the trains go to die, me thinks.
You can get off at any stop. And continue to explore Yangon on foot, or any mode of transportation you prefer.
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