Transportation in Myanmar
Traveling to popular tourists destinations like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, and Ngapali Beach is quite easy. There are over a dozen airports with several regional airlines making daily runs between these prominent destinations.
Buses are also a popular and affordable form of transportation. Luxurious and spacious overnight busses give adventurers a way to maximize their time in the country. One can fall asleep at night in Bagan and wake up early in the morning at Inle Lake.
The British began laying track for a railroad back in 1877, and they completed a route from Yangon to Mandalay in 1889. Today, an express train between cities is a good way to see the countryside. The train is quite bumpy and can take longer than luxury busses. Still, the train is a classic way to make your way across the mystical Burmese landscape.
For destinations along the Ayeyarwady River, such as Bagan and Mandalay, boats are a popular form of transportation. Large, slow-moving cabin cruisers are available, as well as faster speedboats. A short boat ride is one of two ways to reach the ancient Arakan capital of Mrauk U from Sittwe. Longboats are the only way to travel around Inle Lake, and are necessary in order to visit the tattooed Chin women in Rakhine.