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Myanmar - Yangon - Circular Train

 

This train is the lifeline for many of the working classes. . . it offers an unparalleled insight into the lives of the Burmese

Begin the day at the colourful Hledan market, always bustling in the early hours of the morning. From there, embark on Yangon’s circular train that weaves and trundles its way through the city’s main townships and districts in a rough circle. This train is the lifeline for many of the working classes and offers an unparalleled insight into the lives of the Burmese.

Observe the students and workers in their daily commute and the vendors and hawkers plying their trade. Food sellers hop on at each station selling betel nut, cigarettes, sweet buns, steamed sweetcorn and other aromatic produce.

The landscape constantly changes from rundown buildings and dusty streets to green vegetable gardens and peaceful villages and back again. You can see small markets set up along the side of the train tracks, observe farmers at work in the fields and catch glimpses of the golden spires of village temples.

The loop, which takes about three hours to complete, is a fantastic way to see a cross section of life in Yangon.

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