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« Myanmar Itinerary

Day 7 – Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw

 
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Sights of Mandalay & travel to Pyin Oo Lwin.
 
Day 7
Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw
Travel from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw by train.

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Hsipaw
Sights of Hsipaw.

 

Mandalay to Lashio Train timetableAfter breakfast at the hotel, I headed out to the train station, sharing a taxi with fellow travelers at the hotel. One way taxi from town center (or from my hotel – Maymyo) costs about MMK 3,000 per taxi. We were three of us so per person costs was MMK 1,000. It takes about 5-7 minutes to the train station. I recommend reaching the train station at least an hour before the train departure to ensure a seat, especially if you’re getting a upper class seat. Tip – If you can, reserve tickets a day in advance between 3-5pm only.

The train arrives from Mandalay, just before 8am and leaves at 8:22am from Pyin Oo Lwin. The upper class ticket costs MMK 2,750 per person and is checked against your passport. Important – The lines at the ticket counter are for ordinary class, but if you are reserving a seat in upper class, then go directly to the room on the left of the ticket counter and approach the person sitting inside.

Notice of train times at Pyin Oo Lwin station
[Notice of train times at Pyin Oo Lwin station]

 
Pyin Oo Lwin station is small but has restroom facilities and waiting rooms as well. The train arrived and departed almost on time. The upper class compartment is in the front of the train and while there were some empty seats, these usually get reserved and full, so make sure to book at least a day in advance.

Pyin Oo Lwin station
[Pyin Oo Lwin station]

Pyin Oo Lwin station
[Pyin Oo Lwin station]

Mandalay to Lashio train approaching at Pyin Oo Lwin station
[Mandalay to Lashio train approaching at Pyin Oo Lwin station]

Mandalay to Lashio train approaching at Pyin Oo Lwin station
[Mandalay to Lashio train approaching at Pyin Oo Lwin station]

Upper class compartment in the Mandalay to Lashio train
[Upper class compartment in the Mandalay to Lashio train]

Ordinary class compartment in the Mandalay to Lashio train
[Ordinary class compartment in the Mandalay to Lashio train]
 

The train departs on time, slowly chugging its way through the countryside and small towns of Myanmar. The entire journey of 7-8 hours to Hsipaw is beautiful and a must-see for any traveler. Be careful of the grass and bushes hitting the windows if you’re next to it!

The main sight along the way is Gokteik Viaduct, a railway trestle bridge built by the British colonial empire during the early 1900s. At the time it was built, this was the largest trestle in the world, and it is still the highest bridge in Myanmar.

Countryside of Myanmar between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw
[Countryside of Myanmar between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw]

Train chugging through the countryside between Pyin Oo Lwin & Hsipaw
[Train chugging through the countryside between Pyin Oo Lwin & Hsipaw]

Train chugging through the countryside between Pyin Oo Lwin & Hsipaw
[Train chugging through the countryside between Pyin Oo Lwin & Hsipaw]

Naung Hkio station, the main town before viaduct
[Naung Hkio station, the main town before viaduct]

First view of Gokteik Viaduct from the train
[First view of Gokteik Viaduct from the train]

Test train runs on Gokteik Viaduct, seen from Gokteik station
[Test train runs on Gokteik Viaduct, seen from Gokteik station]

Entering Gokteik Viaduct
[Entering Gokteik Viaduct]

Exiting Gokteik Viaduct
[Exiting Gokteik Viaduct]
 

It was almost 3pm when we reached Hsipaw. Most guest houses in Hsipaw will have tuk-tuks to pick up passengers from the station to the hotel, free of cost!

This small town is always buzzing with tourists who take this world-famous train journey, arriving in the great Shan state. After checking in and a nap later, I headed out to have dinner at Mr. Food restaurant, a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

Calling it an early night, I was ready to explore Hsipaw!

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = MMK 1,350 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
 

What Cost Notes
Taxi to Pyin Oo Lwin station $0.74 MMK 1,000 per person. MMK 3,000 per taxi.
Train ticket $2.04 MMK 2,750 per person, upper class, from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw.
Lunch $1.11 MMK 1,500 at one of the train stations.
Coffee in Hsipaw $0.22 MMK 300.
Snacks & water $1.11 MMK 1,500.
Dinner $1.77 MMK 2,400. At Mr. Food restaurant in Hsipaw.
Total Daily Costs $6.99 Per person
Overall Costs $1,256.27 Per person

 

 
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Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw
Travel from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw by train.

« Twelve days in Myanmar

 
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Hsipaw
Sights of Hsipaw.

TWELVE DAYS IN MYANMAR

 
Planning
Planning & Information
Tips, info & details of planning.

 
Day 1
Yangon
Arriving in Yangon & sights of downtown area.

 
Day 2
Yangon, Yangon to Bagan
Shwedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke Park & traveling to Bagan.

 
Day 3
Bagan
Visiting all the temples of Bagan.

 
Day 4
Bagan to Mandalay
Bagan sights & travel to Mandalay.

 
Day 5
Mandalay, Mingun
Visiting Mingun & U-Bein bridge.

 
Day 6
Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin
Sights of Mandalay & travel to Pyin Oo Lwin.

 
Day 7
Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw
Travel from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw by train.

 
Day 8
Hsipaw
Sights of Hsipaw.

 
Day 9
Hsipaw to Mandalay
Travel from Hsipaw to Mandalay & Mandalay Palace.

 
Day 10
Mandalay to Yangon to Kinpun
Travel from Mandalay to Yangon, onward to Kinpun.

 
Day 11
Kinpun, Golden Pagoda
Visiting the Golden Pagoda in Kinpun.

 
Day 12
Kinpun to Yangon and out
Travel from Kinpun to Yangon & flight out.

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