Go sightseeing in Myanmar is now easier than ever. There is a wide range of fantastic Myanmar trips that tourists can choose from such as river cruise, air ballooning, etc. and now they even have train expeditions.
Traveling by train can be one of the most alluring ways to explore Myanmar, as railway journeys often afford scenic views and chances to mix with locals that are often impossible by any other means of transportation.
Train expeditions can satisfy your deepest desire of exploring Myanmar, both in nature and culture. From the train, window viewer can enjoy beautiful scenes and natural views of the unchanged lifestyle of the locals from years. Visitors will have a chance of coming across vibrant green paddy fields, mountain ranges, and the blue sky. During the time Japan conquered Myanmar, a number of Japanese gauge engines were adjusted to run here. More of the additional machines were brought with the allied forces. Additionally, some pre-war designed trains can still be viewed in Myanmar. They are steam locomotives that are getting extinct in these modern days.
14-day trips starting from Yangon and cross Thazi, Mandalay, Lashio, and Bagan are available.
The Gokteik Bridge
The Gokteik Bridge or Gokteik Viaduct is a structure of steel trestle construction for the railway line to Lashio. The construction began in 1901 by an American company known as the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction. The Gokteik Bridge completed in 1913 was once the longest railway trestle in the world (the current record is now held by France’s Millau Viaduct). The length of the bridge is 2260 feet long and 320 feet high above a deep ragged stone rock valley. The bridge was destroyed in the World War II but was repaired later by the Myanmar Railway.
It is a remarkable construction which is still in good condition and can be considered as a masterpiece, which worth tourists paying a visit.