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Hop aboard the circular train in Yangon for an authentic experience of the city and its suburbs. Traveling with a knowledgeable local guide on this commuter line gives you the chance to witness daily life in the former capital of Myanmar (Burma) as it passes through suburban districts rarely visited by tourists. Disembark to experience vibrant markets, colorful shops and Buddhist sites, plus stroll through Chinatown and Little India. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more customized experience of the 28-mile (46-km) circular route.


  • 4-hour Yangon tour by commuter rail
  • Jump on the circular train and ride past the city center around Yangon’s metropolitan area
  • Immerse in the local life at a bustling vegetable market
  • Walk through Chinatown and Little India
  • Learn about Yangon’s impressive architecture, history and heritage from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

The 28-mile (46-km) circular train has 39 stations and the loop connects several satellite towns and suburban neighborhoods. Riding this local commuter train, the railway network for the Yangon Metropolitan Area, provides a genuine experience of Yangon. Even better, your guide can show you hidden gems that would be difficult to locate on your own while explaining unfamiliar sights and customs.

Start your half-day tour by making your own way to the Asia Plaza Hotel to meet your guide and small-group companions. After introductions, walk over to the Central Railway Station to board the circular train. Begin your journey out of the city center to see an authentic slice of Yangon and its colorful urban lifestyle. The entire loop takes about three hours, however your group will get off at certain stops to explore local attractions. 

At Da Nyin Gone Station, disembark to visit a bustling local market for about 45 minutes, checking out the food stalls and experiencing the rhythms of daily life. Your guide points out items that are considered essential to daily life, and you might purchase refreshments from one of the local vendors.

Next up, return to the train and ride to Yangon’s downtown. Stop for a stroll around Little India and Chinatown, which represent distinctive Yangon neighborhoods. Take in the sights, then join the locals for a cup of tea on the street corner, where people-watching is a popular pastime. You’ll also have a stop for a tasty lunch of local cuisine.

By the end of your tour, enjoy a deeper appreciation of Yangon’s rich cultural heritage, including its colonial past, impressive architecture and spiritual traditions.

Customer Reviews

Colin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Apart from how difficult it is to actually write the review, only good things to say. The train ride is a real look into life of the locals, their commerce and their homes. The market we visited was fascinating. We went to a restaurant we would Never have found on our own and enjoyed the food.

patricia c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Taking the circular train was a wonderful introduction to Myanmar. My guide Myat was wonderful, He pointed out interesting things, explained what people were doing and so helpful. just getting the right train was worth going with a guide.
There was only myself and one other, so it was like a private tour, I didn't feel like a mass of tourists taking up the train .
It was a weekend when I went, so the morning train was less crowded, in the afternoon there were different commuters . So spending the 3 hours and going on the complete trip was worthwhile as you will see different sites.
we stopped for lunch, which was in the cost. It was lovely and very generous, unfortunately I couldn't eat much as I was still jet lagged and too hot.
Make sure you have your water with you.
I liked the old rattly Chinese train over the newer Japanese trains, and getting off at the market was a good idea, I loved saying Hi and seeing what was for sale.

Andrea F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour and Myo was great. Got to interact with local folk in the train ride. Market was amazing. Lunch and bird ride on trickshaw was also fun. Not a cushy tourist ride. Train is not air- conditioned and market is bustling. So happy to have found this tour!

Stephen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had a great time the guide was terrific! We had a great lunch in a tea house after the trip was an eye opener! Throughly recommend.was interesting to see the markets and identify what we had been eating

Terrina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A fantastic way to spend a day checking out how the locals travel and live.

Joan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic cultural experience- especially the market stop which was amazing.. Our guide was always trying to meet our needs and made sure we had an outstanding experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

cheap way of seeing the ordinary life of Burmese at ground level using train for daily commuting, farming activities, school going children, fresh product in the morning market, hawkers , office workers and etc.

Carrie-Leigh New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fabulous day on Circle Train tour. Our guide, Thura, was awesome and knowledgable. Lunch was very good and the visit to rural food market was so interesting. Really loved the train ride.

Had a very good time and would highly recommend this company and guide. Fantastic!

Kirsty H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I was lucky enough to have a one to one tour. The tour guide was fantastic. He just kept throwing information at me. The market that we stopped off at was interesting, very busy, you need to watch for people carrying masses of fruit on their backs as they can't see you so you must listen for a kissing sound and then quickly move out of the way. On the train back he brought some fresh fruit and e had a little picnic which was nice. After the trip we went to a local restaurant. I just let him order the food as I didn't know what was best, he chose well.
I would highly recommend this trip.

Justine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was such a great way to see local life in and around Yangon, and the market stop half way was incredible. Just massive and buzzing with energy. This tour is rough and rugged though, so if you are expecting an air-conditioned, comfy train ride this isn't for you. That being said, I had an absolute blast and if that is your thing you will love it. The trains seem quite confusing, so it was really great that we chose to go on this tour with a guide. Our guide Thura was wonderful. I would say aside from the Shwedagon Pagoda, this was one of the highlights of my trip. Well worth it.

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