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Bikes on trains in Myanmar?

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1. Posted by TravelingTopTen (Budding Member 36 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Visiting Yangon in February, I'm going to rent a bike and just wondering if it's possible to take bikes on trains. Planning to take the circle line, stop at a random village and explore the surrounding area before heading back on the train back to Yangon.

Figure it will make for a nice day out.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Never had to do this. Quick Google search with a computer will give you some quick information in the meantime.

Look over "The Man in Seat 61" link if you have not already. Even if bikes aren't mentioned there may be something else useful.

https://www.seat61.com/Burma.htm

Good luck.

3. Posted by TravelingTopTen (Budding Member 36 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Cheers, I'll give it a read.

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5. Posted by luxurytravel456 (Inactive 4 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Myanmar is a beautiful country and with superb train service. So you can travel anywhere by train from Yangon. Bike renting service is available everywhere and hence renting a local one from the village you want to explore is a better option rather than transporting it via train.

6. Posted by TravelingTopTen (Budding Member 36 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Quoting luxurytravel456

Myanmar is a beautiful country and with superb train service. So you can travel anywhere by train from Yangon. Bike renting service is available everywhere and hence renting a local one from the village you want to explore is a better option rather than transporting it via train.

Really? Surprised to hear that. Wouldn't have thought there'd be much call for bike rental out in the sticks away from the big cities.

7. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

superb train service

Ok I will admit I have not been to Myanmar it just I did watch a documentary about train travel in Myanmar, filmed only last year, and superb was not the word I'd describe for what they showed The trains they took were rocking and bouncing all over the place, people were literally thrown out of their seats The explanation they provided was that something in the tracks had worn away that would normally keep the trains stable and that nothing had been done to replace them. I also had a look through the Seat 61 website and they weren't all that complimentary on Myanmar's train system Now I'm really curious, has there been an exaggeration of how bad trains are in Myanmar? Or are you exaggerating how good they are?

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1057 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Looking at their profile, luxurytravel456 is a tour agent. So call me cynical but their motivation may be to sell rather than to help as a private traveller would.

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 989 posts) 24w 1 Star this if you like it!

I've traveled by train in Myanmar; and had a great experience. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

As for the Circle Line, I don't know for sure about bicycles; but I suspect you wouldn't have any problems taking one into the carriages, many of which are filled with people carrying produce and other products to market.