Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 07.03.2020
Delivery of actual train tickets was prompt.
We were put in Cabin D with another couple from Belgium, so it wasn't a lonely night.
As I have done my research, I knew I had to bring longyi to cover myself. The operation did give pillow and sheet, but it's very random, some bed have, and some beds don't.
Make sure to download an off-line map to know whereabouts I am, as the announcement was in Burmese.
It was an experience that is enough, just for once. Won't do it again. I use my own scarf to cover. BTW Cabin F is more private as there are only 2 beds.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 27.02.2020
Nos buscó en horario y llegó en horario.
Antes de salir de la ciudad se detuvo a cambiar una cubierta. Esta tarea la hubiera tenido que realizar con anterioridad a la búsqueda de los pasajeros.
Los pasajeros que se agregan en distintas paradas y van sentados en banquitos en el pasillo resultan una incomodidad para todos.
No es recomendable para viajeros que llevan mucho equipaje.
Que te recojan en el hotel es un valor adicional.
Lo volveríamos a contratar.
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 14.02.2020
The only thing that was helpful - delivery of tickets to hotel.
The train station is difficult in navigation, no English instructions, no English speaking employees. I had to catch people outside to help me find train. The train itself is also stinky, dirty and cold. But at least it departures and arrives on time
Zug #120 Gehobene Klasse, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 06.02.2020
Service of 12GO was perfect, with my ticket delivered to the hotel in the morning of departure.
The train left Mandalay Central 9:00p.m. sharp, and arrived in Bagan only 15-20 mins. behind the schedule.
The floor under my seat was very dirty with lots of egg shells, however, all other places looked clean enough.
As the train sways a lot, you feel as if you were on boat. So, if you get motion sickness easily, I recommend that you should not take train.
The seat was big enough and comfortable to sleep in, but the window next to my seat was broken, and I couldn't close it. Freeeezing!!!
Flugzeug Economy, Air KBZ, 27.01.2020
Great service, smooth flight and landing.
Flugzeug Economy, Myanmar National Airlines, 17.01.2020
Fast, clean and efficient
Zug #120 Gehobene Klasse, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 04.01.2020
I chose train because this was the only transportation that I found for traveling during the night. Overall was ok except a bit bumpy..
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 03.01.2020
It is quite comfortable to sleep for the sleeping class. However, it is a bit cold as there is not provide enough thing for you to cover the body.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 30.11.2019
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 27.11.2019
The train itself was not very clean, the toilet is more like an “insect museum” with “specimens” of dragonflies and spiders. There are no English-speaking staff, all announcements are made in Burmese which makes it difficult for foreigners not traveling with a local.
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 26.11.2019
Train is really old and dirty. It’s really loud and sways a lot as well. The only plus point is that you get clean sheets. It would be fun to experience it once, but you probably wouldn’t want to go through it again.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 25.11.2019
It was nice to be fetched at our hotel instead of finding our way to the bus station in Mandalay. The trip took a bit more than 5 hours. There was little room in the bus for luggage so we had to have our knees full all the time. The bus became filled up during the journey. It was not comfortable. The worst was the scam at the bus station in Bagan since there was no connection to the hotel offered. We had to pay 16000kyat for a 4,2km taxi ride and the driver was not happy when I did not offer him a tip. It is a real shame that the bus company refers its customers to such bandits !! We paid 30000 kyat for 10 hours and 60km private taxi driving in Bagan the full next day.
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 25.11.2019
Except of clean sheets nothing was first class. Train was very old, super slow, overall quality was disappointing, but it was still fun to do it once as an experience, but would rather not do it again...
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 10.11.2019
The trip was quick, the bus driver really made speed, so that was a good thing (I've had trips in a minivan before when the bus driver was really slow and picked up all kind of locals along the road to make some kyats for himself, but this time nothing like that). 12GoAsia however should make it more clear on the website that these are local buses for local transport. Not for travellers! There waa no room for my backpack or other suitcases, they were piled up everywhere. Leg room was really insufficient for a guy my height (1.85 m). I couldn't sit in my seat and there was no room for my legs i the aisle so I had to stand up a long time. Airco was fine. Few stops though. Not recommended but whatever, it took us to Bagan in one piece :-)
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 08.11.2019
Bus left on time and arrived early but those were the only positives. Admittedly I'm a relatively tall person, but I couldn't fit in the seat, so needed my knees out to the side (as is sometimes the case). But then they put stools down the middle of the bus and had people sit in the aisle, so my knees had nowhere to go! Extremely uncomfortable 5 hours.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 05.10.2019
The only thing pleasant was the pick up from the hotel. The bus driver drove like crazy and picked up random people on the way. People were seated in the isle. No stops except for local people to get on and off the bus. It felt like a public transport bus. We arrived 2 hours before arrival time.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 01.10.2019
Leaving late time but arriving faster nearly 1H.
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 26.08.2019
Everything celan. Staff nice and speaks english
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 25.08.2019
The Bus is small and makes stops to pick up locals and packages. However since is a small trip (5h) you have to embrace the circumstances and make ir part of rhw experience.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 20.08.2019
Transfer desde Mandalay hasta Bagan salio perfecto. Hora de salida 10am y 15 minutos antes pasaron por mi hotel. El viaje total demoro como 4hrs y media, lo cual es bastante bueno considerando que hace varias paradas. The transfer went perfectly. The hotel pick up was at 10am and 15 minutes earlier the driver was there. In total the trip took 4 1/2 hours considering several stops. Highly recommended!
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 13.08.2019
Luxury train was not so clean
Zug #120 Schlafwagen, Myanmar Railways (Myanmar Railways), 03.08.2019
12GoAsia service was excellent. The tickets were delivered to our hotel without the need to go before to the station or the local office.
But, the trip was terrifying: is difficult ti sleep even 5 minutes.
Bus Minibus, OK Minibus, 18.07.2019
They picked me up quite late. As mentioned in other reviews, they stop a lot of times to let passengers in. I was lucky to have a seat on the right side so I was sitting alone. It's definitely not the most comfortable ride, but you get to your destination. We had a short washroom break. We arrived early around 12pm, that was a plus. But be aware of the taxi guys at the bus station. They will rip you of like crazy since you've no options. It's better to ask your hostel/hotel to tell them where you want to be dropped of. To give an idea of a 'normal' price, from Nanda restaurant to the bus station is 6.000 kyatt.