Myanmar Travel Style

Side Car

Side car or side-shaw is a slow vehicle widely used in Myanmar for transporting goods or passengers either in small town or big town for short distance. Even in Yangon, side-cars are running except in heart of the city.
Side-car is a small vehicle attached two extra seats and a wheel to the side of a bicycle. Side-cars are normally used by the house wives from local market to their home after the daily shopping so as to carry the heavy stuffs like rice bag, charcoal bags and other food stuffs bought for a week. Side-cars are widely used at the areas which have no access to the passenger buses. When a stranger visits to an area which is not familiar he has to hire a side-car and has sent to the desired address.
For a tourist taking side-car is good for orientation and sightseeing. It is delightful to take a side-car ride around China town at the late afternoon.

Bullock cart or Ox cart

In Myanmar rural areas as the villages are not accessible with motor road, transportation is mainly depends rely on the cattle driven carts. Oxen or buffaloes are used to pull the carts. The structure of the carts is very simple made out of wood. Since these carts are used on the rough road called cart-track with heavy load the both structure and material should be strong enough. Two bullocks or buffaloes pull the cart by means of a wooden yoke fixed across the necks of two animals. Tow cart wheels are also made by strong teak wood with thick spokes and a iron rim. These wheels are connected with strong axle made from a hard wood called iron wood.
The hub of the wheels is specially made from a hard wood called Padauk. Light carts are also used in Myanmar villages by the rich people just for riding only.

Circular Train

A circular train route loops out north from Yangon to Insein, Mingaladon and North Okkalapa townships and then back into the city. There are actually two trains, one clockwise (left-bound) and one counter-clockwise (right-bound), and it takes three hours to complete the loop in either direction. A run around this loop will give you a cheap, but not particularly comfortable, look around; trains depart every 30 minutes between 6 am and 8 pm.

Horse Cart

Horse-carts driven by a single horse are still using in Myanmar for the transport of passengers and goods. But not in the downtown area just out skirt of the cities like Yangon, Bago, Mandalay and in the rural area elsewhere in the country.
In Bagan horse carts are widely used and riding horse cart is delightful for the tourists. Myanmar horse cart are made of wood. The structure is very simple with two large wheels and two long poles to be fasten with the horse. These poles are directly connected with the axle and the passenger cabin sits on poles. 5 to 7 passengers can be ride depends on the body size.
The horse cart in tropical regions, ie Yangon, Thanlyin, Bago, Bagan and Mandalay has a light roof made of bamboo mat covered with canvas.
The horse cart of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) are called Garry which means vehicle in India. These Garry are 4 wheeler and built properly by wood. It has an excellent structure doors and windows at both sides. Driver seat is by the roof at the front. At the back side is the baggage compartment. Garries are beautifully painted with different colours. Sightseeing by horse cart is slow but having a nice and pleasant feeling.

Wooden Bus

Myanmar, when it was British time they formed an ideal Army. Then before the Independence Army trucks were auctioned and some of them were modified to passenger buses and widely use until now. Body was built by wood instead of steel. Now day engine and gear boxes are replace with Japan made. Fords and Chevrolet's of those days are obvious tourist attraction in Myanmar still running and serve as passenger buses in Yangon and Mandalay. These vehicles are widely use in Myanmar in other sector like transporter in timber extraction. Myanmar mechanics are able to maintain and modify as desire. 

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