Transportation in Myanmar – Through Photos
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My father recently visited Myanmar as a consultant of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to review the ongoing oil palm projects funded by the FAO and to give suggestions to improve production of oil palm in Myanmar. On his return he sent me tons of photos and I am planning to post those to my blog in the coming weeks.
Browsing through the photos one thing that caught my attention was the transportation system in Myanmar. Buses in Yangon reminds of you of British colonial era. See one of the transport buses plying in Yangoon.
In other parts of Myanmar trucks are used as a major mode of transport. Here are some pf the photos of the trucks. These photos were taken from the following places- Yangon, Kawthaung, Myeik, Dawei and Malwmayine and Mudon.
In the highways the traffic is very slow and it takes almost 15 hours to travel 200 miles in ordinary buses, due to the bad condition of roads especially in rural areas. In the interior places it is still worse. If you undertake a bus journey, you are not sure of the time of arrival to the destination. My father was telling me that you may be stranded anywhere due to flood or land slides in between. Here is a photo of a typical transport bus in Myanmar.
Most of the major bridges in Myanmar are constructed of wood like this one.
In between these wooden bridges my father could find a bridge that could be considered state of the art - a three km road cum railway cum pedestrian bridge, the Motama Bridge - on the way from Yangon to Malawmyine and Mudon in the Mon state. This bridge constructed over the mouth of the river Salwan and two other rivers which joins at Malawmyine before joining the sea. This engineering marvel was completed in the year 2005. Before the construction of the bridge people going to Mudon from Yangon had to embark at Motama jetty and use a ferry to travel to Mudon.
Another interesting thing about transportation in Myanmar – Motor bike taxis- this is a common form of transport in all places especially in rural areas and small towns. They take you to long distances and small interior roads. Here is a photo of a typical motor bike taxi stand.
Train is not a popular mode of transportation. My father was telling me that train lines were meter gauge and travel time is very high. Here is one train.
To transport stuff the farmers mainly use small tiller type vehicles, locally made, like this one.
Another interesting fact - Petrol bunks (gas stations) are very rare in Myanmar. Petrol is available from road side shops. Even government vehicles petrol is filled from these shops. Petrol is under rationing in Myanmar.
Will be back with more photos and interesting news about Myanmar later.
Labels: Myanmar, Transportation