Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop - Reviews

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John Francis K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

This was a tour I was excited about from the first time i saw it. I was not disappointed. If experiencing local culture and lives are important to you, i’d highly commend this tour. One of the more fascinating we’ve ever taken.

Wynzie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Very interesting tour, and although you can do the circular train yourself it's much more interesting with the knowledgeable guide that can answer so many questions about day-to-day life in Yangon.

Nick G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great trip, highly recommend it for a way to see the city

kevin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

this is a must do , while in Yangon there were only two off us on this day and are guide was peter win who was a excellent guide
after meeting peter at are meeting point , we took a short walk to the train station , as we were going past all off the different stations , peter was pointing things out to us and explain what they were , while travelling on the train , loads of local vendors were walking though the train selling there local produce , we stopped halfway and was taken around a local market , before continuing on the train
at the end of the train journey we were then taken to a local restaurant to try the local food
I would definitely recommend doing this tour if you want to see local Yangon life

georgeyac Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great way to start exploring Myanmar, Guide was very good and helpful
Train and Markets was an excellent experience

georgeyac Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great way to start exploring Myanmar, Guide was very good and helpful
Train and Markets was an excellent experience

Franco Ludwig L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

if you like to see the local people as they really are, this is the trip. yangon unfolds before your eyes and ears at the comfort of your own seat- in the train. our guide myo is professional, knowledgable and expert to give you bits and pieces that makes you understand more myanmar people and their uniqueness. the lunch after was simple but very delicious! if local life is your thing, this is a dont miss!

Stefan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Myo was an excellent and caring tour guide and we both enjoyed the trip to the local market outside the center of Yangon.

Loty S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Truly enjoyed the train ride as it allowed us to see more of the city, outside of the touristy paths/landmarks, as well as to witness daily life in the train. The visit to the market in Danyingon was particularly fascinating, a place bustling with activity and vendors selling every possible type of fruits, vegetables and spices. Our guide Myat with Yangon Urban Adventure was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, and made this a memorable experience.

Linda E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was a great tour and the guide was knowledgeable and very enjoyable. You really get to see how people live and how hard they work. On the way back from the market, the train is loaded with people and produce.

Kumar S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Myat was a brilliant guide. He was always full of energy and kept us going during the heat. Good to see another side of Yangon and Myanmar. Myat spoke great English as well and very knowledgeable. The tea shop at the end had great food - good curry and bread. Noodles and other dishes looked good too. Myat was very helpful and trustworthy to order the food.

Wendy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This was a magnificent trip. The train is ancient with narrow gauge bogeys under standard gauge carriages which make the movement of the train interesting to say the least. It travels at snails pace but you get to see life in the community as it is. Food and drink vendors move through the train at regular intervals. We got off at the wholesale/retail market and the sights and smells here were somewhat confronting but our local guide Myo explained everything to us as we went along. He was a local who was well known and was most attentive to make sure we had a great experience. The locals collected their purchases on the railway line until the train was about to arrive then moved back so they could throw their large bundles through the open windows or the doorways for the onward journey. The women who had purchased goods at wholesale proceeded to repack them on the return journey to retail size packages. The food vendors jealously guard their territory and this proved to be entertaining. On departing the train we were taken to a local restaurant where we were provided with a huge delicious lunch then returned to the hotel. Myo was a fantastic guide and I would recommend this as a wonderful way to see how the community around Yangon lives.

philippinescalling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This was great fun and great value for money, of course it is alway possible to do this on your own but our guide was brillant and his interaction with the locals on the train and in the market made the trip special. They are building a new market so reccomend doing this before they move it to the new buildings. Be prepared for a very hot and dusty day.

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.

rijalsalleh

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.

Betty C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Our guide Thrua did a great job in explaining everything that we asked, ranging from the culture of Myanmar to everything that we pointed out at. He was a great host and took great care of us. You get to see the real Myanmar on this tour. Worth your dollar.

Heather D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Great fun and a good thing to do to see a lot of the city. The photo is rather misleading though, as you go on real trains, not something small like we thought from the photo! Our guide was great and was happy to answer our countless questions, so we learnt lots about the country.

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