I’ve been writing about sightseeing in Yangon, Myanmar every day and every night. This is Takaki.
Today, I would like to report on the new water bus on the Yangon River, which I actually took.
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Yangon Waterbus Overview
Yangon’s water bus service had a ceremony regarding the launch of the service on October 5, 2017.
The route seems to be divided into three stages: the first stage is from Insein to Botha Town, the second stage is the route to Ngamoeyeik Creek, and the third stage is Thanlyin.
Tint Tint Myanmar Home Page: http://www.yangonwaterbus.com/
Water bus route
This is the route I took at the water bus stop. The only one I found was between Insane and Botatown, so it is probably still only the first stage. There is a more beautiful map on the website.
Water Bus Time Table
Timetable of the bus stop. I can’t read it because it’s in Myanmarese (laughs). The timetable from the Tint Tint website is as follows. I’ll skip it and just show the times between Insane and Pottatown.
Insane to Pottatown.
Depart from Insein 06:30 – Arrive at Pottertown 08:15
Depart from Insane at 07:00 – Arrive at Pottertown at 08:45
Depart from Insein at 08:30 – Arrive at Pottertown at 10:15
Depart from INSEIN at 09:00 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 10:45
Depart from INSEIN at 10:45 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 12:30
Depart from INSEIN at 12:00 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 13:45
Depart from INSEIN at 13:30 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 15:15
Depart from INSEIN at 15:20 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 17:05
Depart from INSEIN at 16:30 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 18:15
Depart from INSEIN at 17:00 – Arrive at POTTATOWN at 18:45
Depart from INSEIN at 18:30 – Arrive at Lanthit at 19:53
Potatown to Insane
Depart from Pottertown 07:15 – Arrive at Insane 08:45
Depart from Pottertown at 08:30 – Arrive at Insane at 10:15
Depart from Pottertown at 09:30 – Arrive at Insane at 11:15
Depart from Pottertown 10:30 – Arrive at Insane 12:15
Depart from Pottertown 11:30 – Arrive at Insane 13:15
Depart from Pottertown at 13:30 – Arrive at Insane at 15:15
Depart from Pottertown 14:30 – Arrive at Insane 16:15
Depart from Pottertown at 16:30 – Arrive at Insane at 18:15
Depart from Pottertown 17:15 – Arrive at Insane 19:00
Depart from Pota Town at 18:30 – Arrive at Kyee Myindaing at 19:22
There are also two or three express trains a day. For more information, please visit the website.
When I went there once on a weekday, for some reason they told me the last one left at 3 p.m. Times are subject to change due to holidays or adult circumstances, so it’s best to check before you go.
Water Bus Charter Service
In addition, this water bus also offers a private charter service.
I actually took a ride on Yangon’s water bus service.
I bought a ticket at the counter in the waiting area and killed time until the departure time. The photo shows us getting dinner at Yangon River.
The scenery from the Yangon River is quite impressive.
I was supposed to be on a water bus.
It was time to board the water bus. At this point, the only passengers were me and an old man who was eating peanuts.
The ship is quite luxurious, with terrace seats (?).
After climbing the stairs to the second floor, there is an air conditioning room behind the control room. I thought it would be helpful since it seemed to be hot and humid during the ride.
Super treasure image. A picture of the cockpit of a water bus!
As I was strolling around the ship, a staff member stopped me and pointed outside. I had no idea what they were saying.
Beyond his pointing finger, I see another ship.
It’s getting closer and closer.
It’s adjacent to the ship I was on.
I understand now. The boat I’m on now is literally a bridge, but in reality I’m on the rickety boat in the photo.
In the actual water bus
Now it’s time to board the real water bus. The number of passengers from Pota Town had increased to about five.
Potatown was supposed to be the first stop, but there were already a few passengers on board.
The Yangon River is a dirty river but quite wide. The scenery is magnificent.
Arrived at the first transit point. The inside of the ship is fine on both sides, but if you sit in the middle, it is super hot because there is no wind. If you sit in the middle of the ship, it is very hot because there is no wind.
A young man in charge of winding the rope.
The rope is frayed in places and could break at any time.
It is the same as the buses in the Philippines, where old peddlers come in on the way.
The sky of Yangon is close.
If I look at ships passing by, I sometimes see ships that are clearly distorted.
How many transit points are there?
This is a rare image that I take when I do the bridge.
I passed under several bridges until I reached my final destination, Insane.
Arrived at Insein. The speed of the water bus was slower than I expected. Because of that, I didn’t have much shaking like I was getting sick on the boat.