Scroll left
  • View of Gokteik Bridge spanning the wide Gokteik Gorge on the Shan Plateau in northeast Myanmar. width:640;;height:480
  • The train journey began with a long wait at Kyaukme town station. That day the train arrived from Lashio only two hours behind schedule. The previous day it had been more than 5 hours late. width:620;;height:480
  • Despite the train's reputation for untimeliness, most Burmese passengers arrived at the station several hours before the set departure time...and waited around, chatting, napping, people-watching, eating snacks and napping. width:381;;height:480
  • Vendors sell a variety of meat dishes, noodles, snacks and beverages to waiting passengers. width:360;;height:480
  • A rural girl all ready for the journey. width:288;;height:480
  • A village woman and small boy waiting on the platform. width:360;;height:480
  • A higher caste woman, all dressed up in vibrant colors, also waits for the train along with everyone else. width:296;;height:480
  • Even the train station staff wait for the train's arrival. width:640;;height:480
  • At long last the train arrived. Everyone jumped up en masse to being loading on their huge sacks of produce, merchandise and personal possessions. width:640;;height:480
  • Many people loaded their bags through open windows. width:640;;height:476
  • Everyone is aboard the train, ready to go, while the other sole western passenger that day snaps a few quick photos. width:640;;height:480
  • A group of excited Indian Burmese passengers pose for a photo while waiting for the train to start rolling. width:360;;height:480
  • Here I am, situated in the train with Indian Burmese, Shan, Burmese and young monks. width:640;;height:475
  • Once we finally got underway, we crossed the lush Shan Plateau, filled with many farm plots and stunning scenery. width:640;;height:480
  • We rolled past many simple but tidy wood & thatch farm houses like this one. width:640;;height:480
  • ...and slightly more upscale homes like this one on the edge of a small town. width:640;;height:480
  • View of our train rounding a gentle curve. width:355;;height:480
  • En route our train was halted to allow another train to pass. width:640;;height:480
  • We stopped at a few small towns & villages to drop off and pick up new passengers. Here a local woman stood around just watching the train proceedings. width:335;;height:480
  • Vendors walked the length of the train with their merchandise on display to entice passengers. width:350;;height:480
  • This food vendor particularly caught my eye. width:322;;height:480
  • At long last we approached the much-anticipated Gokteik Bridge, which we could see for several miles before we actually reached it. width:640;;height:427
  • A closer view of the bridge and gorge cliffs. width:640;;height:471
  • ...and an even closer shot of the bridge engulfed by lush vegetation. width:640;;height:468
  • Looking down from the center of the bridge as we crossed, this breath-taking view met my gaze. width:640;;height:480
  • View of Gokteik Gorge cliffs and forest from the bridge. width:640;;height:480
  • Close up of the vibrant rust-colored cliffs. width:640;;height:480
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the day long train adventure, perched at my open window. width:640;;height:475
Scroll right