Spending three hours on the Yangon Circle Line is a great way to pass an afternoon in the city.
The train takes a long loop around the city – right to the outskirts where the scenery is very rural.
You can buy snacks, plastic goods – even bird feeders – along the way, but not bottled water, so take plenty of that (or buy it from Yangon Central Station).
On the weekends it’s not at all busy, other than for a couple of stops where fruit and vegetable vendors pile on with sacks of produce.
Hop on at Yangon Central Station and jump off at any station, should you wish. The price is the same regardless – $1 per person. If you’re a foreigner, don’t forget to bring your passport or you won’t be able to board.
As the train is so slow, it isn’t used by the middle class to travel to work. Surely one day in the near distant future it will be upgraded and Yangon’s streets will be cleared of the current chaos.