In pictures: the faces and sights onboard the Yangon circular train
TRUNDLING around on Yangon’s circular train is a great way to take in the sights, sounds, smells and people of the city. While somewhat of a snail’s pace it provides a great patchwork experience of all aspects of life in Yangon from the crush and hurry of the inner city to the rural areas on the outskirts where agricultural fields are worked and cows graze. The route is about 50km and stops at 39 stations.
Meeting other passengers is all part of the experience and this rather makes up for the hard and somewhat uncomfortable seating. People are friendly and may even share their food with you, however hawkers ply their wares on board too so you’re never too far from hot corn, chewing tobacco or various drinks.
The entire journey takes about 3-4 hours but at any point along the way you can jump off and catch a taxi or bus back into town. Tickets cost USD $1 for foreigners regardless of where you get off. Take your passport.
All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com