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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Buses in Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon Bus

Photo: BooBooToo2

If you ever traveled to Yangon for the first time, you will be amazed by the public buses running the streets of Rangoon. Not only are they old and worn out, they are also overcrowded. And some of them date back to the pre-world world 2 era. Many wooden buses from the colonial period still run the streets of Rangoon. They are old, dirty, crowded and break down easily and frequently. The roof is also quite low so tall passengers have to bend their neck and back when standing.
However, those are not the only buses that run the streets of Rangoon. The government has imported larger, newer (comparatively)second hand buses from Japan and Korea in recent years. They are far more larger than the older buses and more comfortable, but most of them are already quite worn out and break down as often.
One thing you might notice in Yangon public buses is that they are overcrowded most of the time. Passengers were packed into buses like herds of animals. But people are quite used to this and do not complain much.
Rangoon bus drivers and conductors are quite notorious for their rude behavior, carelessness and recklessness. More often than not, they shouted at the passengers push them roughly in and out of the bus, and break traffic laws easily. Although the punishment to this offense is a hefty fine and, for habitual offenders, a suspension of the driving/conductor license, most passengers accept this as a norm and don't bother to complain.

Photo: Jules1405

Fare for buses is charged depending on the sectors you travel. The trips are usually subdivided into two or more sectors, and fare is collected for each sector. Usual fare for a sector is 20 kyats. Sometimes, the conductor pretends to forget a change and a passenger has to remind him for the change.


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Good1 said...

As the name suggest you must be from a well off noble family. I can not but sense that you are amused by what he witnessed during your recent visit. Let me remind you that 30 plus millions endure this nonchalantly described poverty. Good for you MYAT THURA you have made it, now you can enjoy the view from the top since you do not have to mingle with the hoi polloi. Live long enjoy but please remember you have the same blood that runs through your vein as I and the rest of the folks in Burma do. If one of them hurt I hurt. Please be thoughtful you are still one of us no matter how far you have gone. Please describe thing back home to others so that everything can be dignified.


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