About Gok Hteik Bridge & Hsipaw
As the Gok Hteik Bridge, the second largest iron bridge in the world. I think that if you want to take a train trip in Myanmar, you should use this area. Would you like to go by a train from Mandalay? Or do you get to Hsipaw by taxi, first and return by a train from Hsipaw to Mandalay? Recommended is the latter, taking a train from Hsipaw to Mandalay is better.
For details, please read the following article.
And if you have a time, I recommend you to stay in Pyin Oo Lwin, (Old Name : Maymyo). You will get off this trayin from Hsipaw and Gok Hteik Bridge.
How to get to Gok Hteik Bridge & Hsipaw
It is the second highest iron bridge in Myanmar. It is surprised that there is The world second highest iron bridge in Myanmar. The bridge was made by Britain in 1903. The location is between Mandalay and Shipoh. It is subtle whether the bridge is repaired, but it is a famous tourist spot of Myanmar.
The way to get from the Mandalay to Shipoh by a Mini-Van taxi, and stay one night in Hsipow. You get on the train from Hsipaw Station next morning, and go through The Gok Hteik Iron Bridge.
Going through the Gok Hteik Iron Bridge, you better to get off the train at Pyin Oo Lwin Station (Maymyo Station), and come back to Mandalay by the Minibus or Bus or stay one night in Pyin Oo Lwin(Maymyo).
Why you better get off at the Pyin Oo Lwin Station (Maymyo Station), because it takes a time around 8 or 9 hours from Pyin Oo Lwin Station (Maymyo Station) to Mandalay by a train. The way has the Mountainous area, so that, the train has to run very very low speed, so you should get off at the Pyin Oo Lwin Station (Maymyo Station) and take a bus to Mandalay..
Or I recommend you to stay in Pyin Oo Lwin(Maymyo) and travel in Pyin Oo Lwin(Maymyo) next day.
If you go to from Mandalay to Hsipaw, you have to get up early in the morning, No, almost in the midnight, because the departure time of the Mandalay Station will be 4 am. And the train is just one train a day. Of course, from Hsipaw is just one train a day, too. The departure time of Hsipaw is 8 am.
Or you go to Pyin Oo Lwin and stay one night, you can take a train from Pyin Oo Lwin to Gok Hteik Bridge and Hsipaw. Of coure, you have to stay in Hsipaw, too.
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