In pictures: Getting around in Yangon, Burma

THE former Burma/Myanmar capital doesn’t have the bustle and cacophony of sounds of other high-powered Asian centres such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Tokyo. Still there is traffic with bicycles, trucks, buses and cars plying the streets amidst the colonial buildings and wide boulevards. As much as changing in Yangon at present much of this could be quite different in a few years time.

So for the time being here’s an inside look at how people get around in Yangon.

A busy road in downtown Yangon. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Bicycles are a common form of transport as car ownership is expensive. Pic: Joanne Lane,

A cycle trishaw near Shwedagon Pagoda. Pic: Joanne Lane,

The circular train that travels around Yangon. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Passengers hanging onto a pickup truck style bus. Pic: Joanne Lane,

A taxi passes city hall in downtown Yangon. Pic: Joanne Lane,

The best way to cross the traffic for these monks is altogether and on foot. Pic: Joanne Lane,

A truck with a load and several passengers in downtown Yangon. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Boats ply the waters of the Hlaing River in Yangon. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Monks pass a bus in downtown Yangon. Pic: Joanne Lane,

All images by Joanne Lane,