The distance by train from Yangon to Taungoo is 276 km which takes between 6 hours 15 minutes on the fastest train to 6 hours 21 minutes on the slowest train. Which means trains on this route travel at average speeds of around 44.16 km per hour.
Train Times Yangon to Taungoo
There are two direct trains a day from Yangon to Taungoo.
|11||06:00||12:21||6 hrs 21 m|
|3||17:00||23:15||6 hrs 15 m|
- Upper Class Seats: $ 15.40
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Train #11 is the best train to take because it is the only train from Yangon to Taungoo which completes the journey during daylight hours. 06:00 is an early start but advisable as travel late at night in Taungoo can be difficult.
Location of Yangon Train Station
Location of Taungoo Train Station
Taungoo is a city with a lot of history. From 1510 and 1539, and from 1551 to 1552, Taungoo was the capital city of Myanmar and the principal city of the Taungoo Empire which was one of the largest and most powerful Empires in South Asia from the 16th to 18th Centuries controlling territory from India to Vietnam. Unlike many other former capital cities in South East Asia (such as Ayutthaya or Angkor Wat), little evidence of that history is evident today and few historical buildings remain. The main tourist attractions in the city itself are the Shwesandaw Pagoda in the centre of the city and the Myasigon Pagoda with its large sitting bronze Buddha. In the Western part of the city centre the Royal Lake is also a popular location for relaxing and eating and drinking.
What makes Taungoo a popular stopover on the journey from Yangon to Mandalay (Taungoo is about halfway between the two cities) are the attractions outside the city:
- Thandaung Gyi: 43.3 km to the east of the Taungoo, Tandaung Gyi is a hill top town with magnificent view of the mountainous countryside which served as a hill station for the British colonialists. From Thandaung Gyi town there are a number of interesting walks to destinations such as to the Taw Pyar Gyi waterfall and hot spring, or to the Naw Bu Maw Prayer Mountain, which is a place of worship important to Karen Christians.
- Elephant Camps: Other popular excursions from Taungoo is to one of the two major elephant camps in the area. Seinye Elephant Camp is located deep in the teak forests of the Bago Yoma mountain range, and the emphasis at this camp is on the elephants as working animals in the teak logging industry. The camp is located 55.9 km by road south west from Taungoo and you will need to hire a local taxi to get there. Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is located 61 km to the North West of Taungoo and is quicker to reach because the road is better. Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is more of a tourist operation with elephant shows and elephant rides on offer. Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is the better of the two camps if you plan to take children.