Hop onto Yangon’s circular train and discover some of the city’s best kept secrets – a shattered glass factory and a serene leafy oasis.
From the colonial-style Yangon Railway Station, buy a circular train ticket to Hledan Station. As the train rumbles along the bumpy track look out onto the passing landscape and enjoy the commotion at each station as the food hawkers hop on and off. On arrival in Hledan, walk to the bustling local market to see the array of fresh vegetables, flowers and other produce on sale.
From here travel by vehicle to the surreal ruins of the Nagar Glass Factory, torn to shreds by the Nargis Cyclone in 2008. A winding overgrown path leads you through the trees to the remains of this forgotten glass factory. Scattered all over the ground are piles of glittering clear and coloured bottles, bowls, glasses and statues – some broken, some still intact. More can be found on the shelves and in the old cupboards in the remnants of the factory.
Pick up what you like and hand it to the old Burmese lady who will recondition the glassware for you, before you buy it to take home. As the factory is no longer operational, you can be secure in the knowledge that you have purchased a one-of-a-kind souvenir, to be found nowhere else in the world.
Next visit Sein Lann So Pyay Garden, hidden between Inya Lake and Inya Road. Quiet, calm and serene, this garden restaurant has wide patches of green fields. Gaze upon the beauty of the lake and garden as you enjoy lunch at the restaurant. Return to your hotel by air conditioned vehicle.
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