With a full day in Yangon we decided to hop on board the Circular Line, which goes around the city, to catch a glimpse of local life within the suburbs of Yangon. In the morning we jumped on the local train (complete with open doors and windows) and buddied up next to those catching a ride to the wholesale market or heading to work just outside of downtown Yangon.
I choose to sit right in the open doorway with my legs dangling down to fully embrace the morning air and life of the people as we chugged by. The circular train goes very (repeat, very) slowly through Yangon and this allowed us to really get a good understanding of our surroundings. While the train station originates in the downtown area the train continues along in a circular path around the outskirts of the city, and passes through many suburbs of Yangon. Some of these areas have markets while others are dominated by farming and local life.
Throughout the day we interacted with a handful of locals through wide smiles and exchanging of ‘Mingalaba’ or Hello!