Yangon Circular Train & Danyingon Markets, Myanmar
During my time in Myanmar, and in the months leading up to it, I heard so many people say “There’s nothing much in Yangon to do, so you could skip it”. Well I beg to disagree. I really liked Yangon as a city. Apart from the usual spots like the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the Bogyoke Jade Markets, Yangon has so much more to offer.
In fact, it was the people, the local backstreet morning markets, and the every day life that I loved. But the highlight for me was the Circular Train. The train, which costs about 300Kyat (the equivalent of about AUD$0.30), takes 3 hours to slowly circumnavigated the city of Yangon. Local sellers get on and off the train, and walk it’s length singing their selling tunes. About half way around the loop is Danyingon Station which is home to an enormous local food market. It’s a hive of activity, colours, smells, and sounds, and should not be missed.
On my second Circular Train trip, I put together this video. Hopefully it captures the feel of the train, the markets, and the people.