- Train Guide
The distance from Mandalay to Bago is 563 km. By train the journey takes 13 hours, which means the train travels at an average speed of slightly over 43 kilometres by hour. By road the journey would take around 7 hours if you travelled non-stop. To travel from Mandalay to Bago by bus, however, you need to either change buses in Myanmar’s capital city of Naypyitaw, or take a bus to Yangon and travel from there to Bago. Either way, in practice travelling by bus from Mandalay to Bago is unlikely to be much quicker than travelling direct by train, and of course a lot less comfortable than booking a sleeper berth on Train #4 which departs from Mandalay at 17:00 and arrives at 06:00 allowing passengers both the opportunity to sleep overnight and to enjoy a full day exploring Bago the same day they arrive.
There are 3 direct train services a day from Mandalay to Bago.
|06:00||19:00||12||13 hrs 00 m|
|15:00||04:00||6||13 hrs 00 m|
|17:00||06:00||4||13 hrs 00 m|
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Bago is one of the ‘Big 5’ of tourism in Myanmar. The other four most popular places to visit are Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon and Inle Lake. One of the things that makes Bago such a popular place to visit is its accessibility: by road Bago is less than 100 km from Myanmar’s largest city and major international airport of Yangon. The other reason for Bago’s popularity as a tourist destination is its temples and palaces which are impressive in both scale and design.
The earliest surviving buildings in Bago date back to the 12th Century to the time when Bago when a very small town. Since that time Bago has become an increasingly important town, and the fantastic architecture is testament to this. Its importance peaked in 1369 AD when it became the capital of the Mon Kingdom, which was one of the kingdoms which later became incorporated into what we now know as Myanmar. Given its long history there are lots of historical sites and temples to visit. The top five are:
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