Myanmar Travel Advice: Transportation
Please do not get confused:
The information below is supplied for informational purposes only if you decide to add on a trip to Myanmar proper before or after your dive trip. If you are diving in the Mergui Archipelago, almost none of this information applies to you. When you go diving in Burma you will not go to the capital of Myanmar or anywhere else in the north. You do not need a visa for Myanmar (Burma) to go diving , you do not need flights to Myanmar, nor do you need to know any of the information we have provided below. When you book a diving trip to the Mergui Archipelago in Mynamar, we make all of the arrangements and you depart and return to Thailand.
Mynamar is a fascinating and diverse country to visit and much much less developed commercially than Thailand is.
The main tourist centers are located at a distance from Yangon, and it is convenient for visitors to travel by domestic flights. Myanmar Airways, Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways operate flights of major tourist sites including Mandalay, Bagan, Heho, Thandwe, Myitkyina, Tachileik and Kawthaung.
Yangon-Mandalay is the main rail link with four express trains running daily between Yangon and Mandalay. Furnished coaches (Cherry and Padauk) for a group of 4 or 8 persons are available. From Thazi on the Yangon-Mandalay line, a branch line runs to Shwenyaung (the nearest station to Inlay Lake) and to Taunggyi.
From Mandalay, there are rail services to Pyin Oo Lwin, Lashio, Monywa and Bagan. There is also a rail service from Yangon to Bagan which operate on alternate days.
Station Enquiry 01-274027
San Thaw Tar 01-221460
(Cargo Train) 01-222700
Road Transport & Highway Buses
Most tourist sites are also accessible by road. There are 12 Highway Bus services running between Yangon and Mandalay using air-conditioned coaches. Traveling time is about 14 hours with brief stop - at Taungoo and Pyinmana. Limousine taxis and mini-buses are available in Yangon for sightseeing and up country tours.
Myanmar has many rivers and a large delta in which the Inland Water Transport operates a huge fleet of double and triple-decker boats. There is a regular service between Bhamaw and Mandalay and between Mandalay and Pyay (Prome) via Bagan.
A journey on Burma’s Irrawaddy River is one of life’s great travel experiences. No vessel could be more appropriate for this than the RV Pandaw. Built in Scotland in 1947, the Pandaw is the same design as the original Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers that coped so well with the difficult conditions of the Irrawaddy.
"The Road to Mandalay", a luxury boat operated by E & Q Services, sails from Mandalay to Bagan during the open season. Irrawaddy Princess, a catamaran, operates between Mandalay and Bagan and is also available for charter to Bhamaw and Pyay (Prome). The north and western part of the country are very rugged and mountainous. Three parallel chains of mountain ranges run from north to south. They begin from the eastern extremity of the Himalayas to Hka-kabo Razi (5881m), the highest peak in Southeast Asia. The mountain chains separate the country into three river systems the Ayeyarwaddy, Sittaung and Than-Lwin.
165/167, Rm.4, 1st Fl., 35th Street, Kyauktada Tsp.,
Yangon, Myanmar. (Burma)
Tel: (+95-1) 20 40 20, 20 40 92, 700 541, (+95-9) 99 25558