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Myanmar’s mesmerising southeast -3

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If you haven’t taken the train in Myanmar, you haven’t actually been there. Despite the myriad complaints for being slow, incompetent, late, poor in service quality and unpredictable bumpy rides, it’s the trains that speak of a uniquely diverse nation, unwraps a country blessed by Mother Nature while enabling one to feel its pulse. Introduced by the British in 1877 the now Myanmar railway is a living relic of the country’s colonial past. No, one won’t get to travel in vintage locomotives but instead will have to run along the hundreds of kilometres rail track built by the colonial rulers. Compared to bus trips on the same routes, taking the train means extra travel time, but it’s worth it. Local cuisines to brewery; mountains, rivers to jungles; culturally diverse people to backpackers from across the globe; sleepy tiny train stations to junctions – they all have a story to tell. Their stories are to be seen and observed. You can’t hear them.

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