Central Railway Station, Rangoon, Myanmar
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Ride the Circle Train in Burma
I love this picture, the slight blur, the rough colors of the train and the people looking out the windows and hanging out the doors as the train arrives in the main railway station in Yangon. This beautiful old railway station has a looped train that rings the outer regions of Yangon locally called the circle train. This two hour ride can take upwards of three or four hours so be patient and enjoy the ride. You will see all shades of green as you begin the loop. I took the ride in early January at the end of my 24 day trip to Burma and would recommend this as a way to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and local people of the Yangon region. At one point my train car was nearly empty, the beautiful teak paneling inside glistening in the sun, the windows wide open as we lazily rocked along the tracks As we approached a local station, suddenly bags were thrown through the windows to reserve a seat as the train came to a stop. The train quickly filled with all types of vegetables, fruits and more, many being hauled on the heads of the local women. The train was completely stuffed to the gills with nowhere else to sit. This stop was a farming village and the people were transporting goods to Yangon for sale in the local farmers markets. It was a fascinating look at the every day happenings of the people of Yangon. The train leaves from the central station and costs about $1.00 US and returns to the same spot if you are lucky two hours later.
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