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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.

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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!

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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!

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The Story Continues….Day 4 Arriving in Ancient Bagan

7 thoughts on “Day 3 The Overnight Sleeper Train Experience from Yangon to Bagan

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  2. Laura says:

    who did you arrange your plane tickets through? you mentioned you had pre-arranged this and just had to pick them up. Probably worth arranging all plane ticket here in Yangon, I would imagine?

    • Samantha says:

      Columbus Travel and Tours – they are an agent based in Yangon and they sorted our flights for us. You can also arrange tickets through your hotel although they may charge you more 🙂

    • The Wandering Wanderlusters says:

      Hi Rizza, We had our family in Yangon purchase the overnight tickets in advance (I think roughly two weeks before) since we were traveling in peak season. However, when we traveled we were the only foreigners on the train. Now I expect the sleeper cabins to be even busier since the country’s tourism has grown significantly since 2012. There may be even new ways to purchase tickets now but I highly doubt it. You could try contacting a local travel agency there – we used one and they were perfectly safe.

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