Going around Bagan

If you are travelling in a tour group, your tour operator will handle all travelling arrangement for you. However, if you are travelling on your own, you will have to take care of your own travelling arrangement in Bagan. But travelling around Bagan is not difficult. Travelling in Bagan is easy for both tourists with a very limited budget to rich tourists.

Cheapest – Bicycle

Traveller in a bicycle in Bagan
Traveller in a bicycle in Bagan

My favorite way of travelling in Bagan. I always travel in a bicycle, at least a day, whenever I visit to Bagan (another day is reserved read more



Bagan – Getting there

Bagan is the most visited place in Myanmar by foreigners, apart from Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Almost all travel itineries include Bagan. Going to Bagan is easy, either Bus, boat, train or air.

By Air

Local airlines in Myanmar
Local airlines in Myanmar

Perhaps the easiest and most convenient way to travel to Bagan is by Air. All local airlines have daily flights to Bagan. Some airlilnes run more than one flight a day. These flights usually follow the rout Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Hehe-Yangon (or in the opposite direction). Thus it is convenient to plan read more


Inle – How to go

Inle can be reached by a number of ways from either Yangon (Rangoon) or Mandalay. You can get to Inle by air flight, by train or by bus. As Nyaungshwe is the usual dwelling place for most foreign tourists going to Inle, we will describe how to go to Nyaungshwe from other parts of Myanmar (Burma).

By Air

All domestic airlines in Myanmar, namely Air Mandalay, Yangon Airway and Air Bagan, operate daily flights to Heho, a nearby town in Shan State. In peak seasons, there is usually more than one flight a read more

Maymyo – How to go

Bus

There are bus services between Mandalay and Maymyo (Pyinoolwin), as well as between Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) and Lashio. The buses are modified pickup trucks which carry passengers in the back as well as above the roof. The buses are slow, carry a lot of passengers and cargo, and sometimes drive quite recklessly. You can get a bus to Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) at the Highway Bus Station in Mandalay.

Taxi

A better way to go to Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) from Mandalay is to take a taxi. You can hire the whole taxi or share read more

Mandalay Travel Guide – Getting around

Mandalay is a big city. It is the second largest city in Myanmar with nearly one million populations (there is no reliable government data on the exact population). However, the public transport in Mandalay is very poor compared to other cities of the same size in other Asian countries. Even though public transport system in Yangon is a very poor one, it has at least a functioning public transport system. Mandalay does not have. All it has is a few slow buses that travel at a snail’s pace, read more

Mandalay Travel Guide – getting there

Mandalay Palace

Mandalay can be reached by Air, bus, train or by boat. The most comfortable and convenient way to travel to Mandalay is to travel by air. The three private airlines in Myanmar, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan and Yangon Airway, run several flights a day to Mandalay from Yangon. Most of these flights run the route Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon or in the opposite direction, so it is convenient to plan your trip through these popular tourist destinations. Tickets can be difficult to secure during the read more

Yangon (Rangoon) International Airport

I still remember the first time I brought my girlfriend to Burma. As soon as she saw the Rangoon International Airport, she suddenly exclaimed “Oh, it is a temple in the airport”. It makes the Burmese passengers sitting in front of our seat into uncontrollable laughter.

Well, she was partly right. The Yangoon International Airport is a strange airport building. Its design and structure is the result of repeated, poorly planned renovations and constructions, mixed with poor maintenance. read more

Road Transport in Myanmar (Burma) – Highway

Introduction

Like most other countries in the world, road transportation is the most important communication in Myanmar. Most towns and cities are accessible only by land route. Only a few towns and cities are connected by railway lines. Even if they are connected by rail link, the condition of train services in Myanmar make it too difficult for most ordinary people to use railway as the major means of travel in Myanmar. Some towns are also reachable by rivers but river travel is very slow compared to read more

Mandalay – Myitkyina Train Trip – 4

On the way at one station near Shwebo, one man climbed up through the window beside my friend. My friend pushed him back, telling not to climb. He kept on climbing, pushing my friend back. Once he was inside the carriage, he scolded at my friend yelling he could be arrested for breaking the law. I looked at him and found he was wearing the uniform of the State Railway Department. I was very angry by then. I yelled him back, telling how he could talk about laws and rules when he himself read more

Mandalay – Myitkyina Train Trip – 3

TRAIN IN BURMA
Inside a train from Myanmar

For you Grandpa, you always traveled by plane, or by luxury cars, so you would not know about these. That is why I was thinking of you all the time. You have never experienced such kind of things, so you would not know what we, your grandchildren, had to experience. You have a very fortunate life. Grandpa is so rich that you don’t need to experience these things. Even if you ever had to encounter such a condition, other people would make sure you never see these things. I think, if you were read more