搭仰光列车 体验慢生活 | A slow ride around Yangon

不期而遇的惊喜,令人回味无穷。

今天,同样不期而遇的惊喜,发生在火车站。

炎热的缅甸午后,汗流浃背的我们,在市集闲逛。决定到仰光度过周末,其实除了参观Shwedagon Pagoda,体验以下当地的生活与饮食文化,我们并没有特定行程。逛着、逛着,看到了铁轨。

It was a humid afternoon and we were spending time at the Bogyoke Market, with no agenda for the day till our late afternoon visit to Shwedagon Pagoda and a sumptuous seafood dinner at night.

顿时间,我们都成了小孩子,从天桥往下走,随着当地人的脚步,寻找列车站与售票处。

Spotting the railway turned us into kids instantly. We were happy to follow the locals, and found our way to the train station Pha Yar Lan.joojourneys_yangon_railway_tracks原来站名是Pha Yar Lan, 它位于著名的Bogyoke Market (Scott Market)后方。3.joojourneys_yangon_railway_station_name虽然酷热难挡,难得有feel,街拍一下。5.joojourneys_yangon_railway_photo_opp到了售票处,我们都愣住了。缅甸的文字和数字都是一堆圆圆圈圈,该怎么买票呢?2.joojourneys_yangon_railway_tix_counter幸好,站员很友善,他用英语大概解释了Yangon Circular Rail全票只需要 200 kyats(大约新币$0.30),这是没有空调的普通列车。乘搭空调列车的价钱则是300 kyats(大约新币$0.40)。

We stared long and hard at the train schedule, which did not make much sense to us. Fortunately for us, the staff was extremely helpful. He explained the ticket prices (200 kyats for non air-conditioned trains and 300 kyats for air-conditioned rides) and train duration to us. So off we go on an impromptu Yangon circular train trip!

Came across a few articles of tourists who mentioned that they needed passports for ticket purchase, and paid 1000 kyats for the train ride. I would say we’ve got a very good deal despite being tourists.

200 kyats 在缅甸语里象 Joo – 和我的名字一样哦!4.joojourneys_yangon_railway_ticket2

 

阴差阳错,我们错过了原本的那班火车,各自多付了100 kyats,乘搭下一班有空调的列车。joojourneys_yangon_railway_ticket 1

 

原来列车里所谓的“空调”是旧式风扇!而且,这些都是日本JRail二手列车,其中还有很多日文标示。joojourneys_yangon_railway_oldJrail

 

列车走得缓慢,车厢内的乘客也都昏昏欲睡。醒醒睡睡间,缅甸阿姨们对着我们浅浅微笑。6.joojourneys_yangon_railway_sleepy离开了之前的城市,我们经过住家、稻田,在乡村间行驶,时间仿佛停留在六十年代。10.joojourneys_yangon_railway_alongtheroutejoojourneys_yangon_railway_suburb_stops

 

 

The train brings you into the local neighbourhoods, slow and nice for a hot and humid afternoon. I would rather be inside a train than to be walking on the streets.

大约1.5小时后,列车驶进了一站,人声沸腾了起来。我与友人突然眼前一亮,因为列车站突然成了菜市场!

It was probably about 90 minutes into the train journey when we chanced upon a bustling market set up on the left side of the railway. Train passengers became instant customers to the local stall holders. 7.joojourneys_yangon_railway_surprise_bazaar29.joojourneys_yangon_railway_surprise_bazzar轨道旁都是卖着新鲜蔬果的小贩,乘客们也顿时间变成了顾客,开始与小贩讨价还价起来。joojourneys_yangon_railway_SusieWe were extremely delighted to be part of the crowd, although we couldn’t stay for long.

 

这样的巧遇,成了旅途上的小惊喜。

接下来,经过了一场午后雷阵雨,3小时的旅程步入尾声。10.joojourneys_yangon_railway_alongtheroute列车缓缓驶向Pha Yar Lan,乘客逐渐增加,回到了城市喧嚣里。

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