This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for details.
This morning we slept in a little bit as the jet lag had finally caught up with us and we were exhausted. We packed our things in our backpacks (that were already gaining weight) and had breakfast before heading out downtown to purchase our flight tickets to Ngapali. We had already arranged the tickets so we just had to pick them up and pay for them. The place was called Columbus Travel and Tours, close to the Sule Pagoda.
Flight from Heho (Inle Lake) to Thandwe (Ngapali) were $137 each. Air KBZ was cheaper at $80 but I hadn’t heard great things about them so we decided to go with Air Bagan.
We returned home to collect our bags and say goodbye to everyone before we headed to the train station to take our overnight sleeper train to Bagan! Everyone at the station were very helpful pointing us in the right direction and carrying our heavy bags for us. They even declined a tip, but later we realized they would also carry our bags to our cabin and it’s then that they wait to be paid.
For Information on deciding between Trains or Buses read my article “Train Travel Vs Buses In Myanmar” for some top advice, timetables and fare prices
Our ticket was $40 each for an upper class sleeper cabin shared with two other people, although we have been lucky that it’s just us two so we could comfortably spread out and relax for the next 16 hours until we arrive in Bagan.
As expected we were hassled by people selling snacks and water at a higher price than the shop in the station but since we were short on time and didn’t want the train leaving without us we bought some water and two beers. Be careful with the girls selling these items as they told us each beer was 2500 so we gave them a 5000Kyat note and then they demanded an additional 1000kyats for a delivery charge! They also act all kind and cute asking you to take their picture with you and giving you a hug but straight after they then hassle you for money. One girl even bite and slapped her younger sister to make her cry and ran off and the young girl said my sister beat me up please give me money. All part of scamming you for more money!
We had some bouncy balls and lollipops in our bag and decided to give them one each instead of money but as soon as we pulled out the bag tons of kids turned up. It was a bad idea and we were thankful that the train began to pull away! All that was left was to sit back and enjoy our expensive Myanmar Beers and watch the world go by!
The Story Continues….Day 4 Arriving in Ancient Bagan