Train Travel - Real Adventure in Myanmar

Train travel in Myanmar can be a true adventure trip if you are not well papeared and accept for real infrastruture conditions in Myanmar. However, it can be very fun and unique experience that you can never find in another country
If thinking about experiencing several modes of transport in Myanmar, traveling by train may be an unforgettable experience to them. Depending on your physical condition, this can make your Myanmar tours from challenging to adrenaline bumping adventures. However, train riding can be the best way to attempt challenging experiences as local people.  Let look into this deeper with MyanmarTour.com's real experience in our FAM trip on Aug 2014 to decide this adventure suits you or not.

Train in Myanmar
MyanmarTour.Com inspect trip on Aug 2014. Train from Yangon - Mandalay in 15 hours. This official helped us very much to keep our door locked (actually fastened !?!) during the night trip.
 
Myanmar Travel by Train

The most popular and possibly longest rout train is Yangon – Mandalay. It departs at 5 pm, ends at 8 am of the following days and takes 15 hours sharply. If you have to get this kind of trip, make sure that you are strong enough to survive when the trip finishes. Generally, Myanmar’s trains are old. The railway tracks were degraded seriously and the carriages shake so intensively that it is impossible to read or even walk. Throughout the way, trains shake continuously, sway left to right, then jump up to down. It will be very much beyond your imagination and completely in the opposite side to trains travel in Vietnam or any other SEA countries. Inside cabins, fans – yes, soft berth – yes, air conditioners – no, lock – kinda…yes, actually a hook which easily loose off because of train shaking. The advice is to try to look for some fasteners to keep the door “locked” (!?). The train moves rather fast but due to the rail way condition that makes the whole carriage bounce steadily. (View clip details here)
 
myanmar train travel in Mandalay

So that is the review, let answer basic questions:
- Is it cheap? Yes, definitely around US$ 40 compare to a flight at around US$ 110 to US$ 120.
- How is its hard level? Challenging to adrenaline bumping. 
- Is it worth to experience? Very much depends. If you are very interested in real local life, very good health, hunger for real adventure, the answer is yes. Otherwise, think about it again.
- Roughly pick one word, do you recommend it for regular travel? Nope.
- Is there any alternative inexpensive like this? Yes. VIP buses, overnight drive at around US$ 20-30/person per way. Modern vehicle, smooth road, business seats and lavatory installed.
- I am a bit worried but it sounds so fun, I just want to experience train a little bit. What do you recommend? Ok. Take a shorter train such as from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin or Yangon Circle Train
 
A deluxe, premium train might be launched around Oct – Nov 2014 with an expectation of more convenient and easier ride. This information perhaps bring happiness for travelers who tend to take a Myanmar adventure in the future, and also offer more choices for them, comfortable feeling or interestingly challenging feeling as local people.

Myanmar now is changing so fast, so stay tuned and keep updated with us!