Gokteik Viaduct
Gokteik Viaduct
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Soleil S
Australian Capital Territory, Australia407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We took the adventure of a lifetime by taking train from Nawnghkio to Gokteik train station and it was really beautiful ride. My item was missing at Nawnghkio station and the staffs at Nawnghkio station and Gokteik Station helped me find it. I would like to thank Nawnghkio Station Master Maung Paing Ko Zin, Deputy Stn Master Thant Zin Tun, Station Master U Kyaw Thet Tun and Gokteik Station Master Lin Tun. I can't thank the staffs of Myanmar Railway Transportation. The ride was safe and lovely people. Thank you!
Written July 4, 2020
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shireenweston
Antalya, Türkiye34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A nail biting train journey through the Gokteik Viaduct, at a height of some 300 feet, en route to Hsipaw. This mighty viaduct was built in 1901, and bridges the awesome Goktiek gorge, a densely forested ravine. Never seen such a lot of teak! Our train crept along the viaduct, swaying from side to side. Quite a nerve wracking experience when you think of the engineering that went into this ancient structure! Do it!
Written February 8, 2020
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Benhtike
Mandalay, Myanmar12 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Business
The train journey from Mandalay to the Viaduct is about 7 and half hours .It could take longer if delayed.It is always better to take the train from Pyin Oo Lwin to the bridge.The train arrives at Pyin Oo Lwin around 7;50 a.m then the bridge is only 4 hrs .One important thing to make sure to have tickets for foreigner visitors in Peak season is to just go to the station in between 4;30 p.m and 6;30 p.m one day ahead of traveling .Do bring your passport.(Tickets sold in Myanmar currency only)
Written September 19, 2016
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Bever007
Arnhem, The Netherlands260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We did it as a day trip. We took the train from Pyin Op Lwin (8:25 am) to Nawngpeng (arrived at 12:10 am). This is the first stop after the bridge. We took the 12:30 am train back from Nawngpeng to Pyin Oo Lwin (arrived at 4:45 pm). In Nawngpeng the trains cross and have to wait for each other (as it's single track) so there is no way you can miss the train back. Train ticket was 1.600 kyat one way.

The views at and around the bridge were amazing, as you can see on the photos added by other travelers. It was well worth our day of traveling.

Although the guy at the ticket office told us that the views are the same from each side of the train, We do not totally agree. The views from both sides are different, but both stunning. There is however one big difference. Just like many others, we wanted to make a picture of the train while in the curve onto and/or off the bridge. That's only possible when sitting in the row A and B (although everyone started walking from one side to the other while close to the bridge). This is the same for both directions (the cars are not turned around at the end of the line, it's the chairs inside the cars that are turned the other way)! So on the train up you want to sit on the left (row A and B) and on the train down you want to sit on the right (still row A and B).

Written October 20, 2017
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Marco8Polo
Sydney, Australia64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
Yes it's an early departure from Mandalay but this is an epic journey so well worth the effort. Read about the Railway and the Gokteik Viaduct before hand for a better experience. Reserve an Upper Class seat (from Mandalay left side / to Mandalay right side for the better views) the day before. Stunning scenery all the way and plenty of food and drinks on sale at each station as well as on the train between Gokteik and Kyaukme and the station between them Nawngepeng is where the up and down trains pass one another. You will enjoy nothing but smiles and helpful advice from the local people all along the way which is an absolute joy. The train crawls across the Viaduct Bridge giving ample time for photos from both left and right views.
Written December 8, 2015
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Ithaca35
Athens, Greece212 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Couples
This is definitely an amazing time-machine railroad journey. For most tourists, it starts from Pyin Oo Lwin Station and ends at Nawngpeng station. If you're lucky, there will be a delay at the start of the journey, so you can spend some time watching the locals get to work or school or having a stroll in the small local market outside the station. You can also peek through the doors and windows of the station building and get a glimpse of the station master's office, the makeshift bunker bed for the person on shift, etc., which gives you a taste of the journey back in time that's lying ahead. Street food vendors also come and go at every station, carrying their snacks on straw trays on their head (quail eggs, spicy potato chips, etc). The train itself is old (could it be the same as the one used in the early 20th century, when the railway line was built?) and the journey amusingly bumpy. There are 1st class cars ("upper class") used mainly by tourists, which are pretty basic but clean, and "ordinary class" cars, used by the locals (not so clean and with scruffy wooden seats). The great thing is that you can leave your "upper class" comfort and move around in the "ordinary class" cars and thus enjoy watching the locals and their little kids.

The train passes through cultivated areas with small villages and then through subtropical forests, very interesting landscape. Then comes the major attraction, the pass over Gokteik Viaduct, a huge metal bridge built in 1901 as part of the British Empire expansion towards the Lashio ruby mines. It's an engineering feat for its time, but is still jawdropping. The bridge is visible for a while before you approach it (best from the left of the train in the direction of Lashio) and the train makes a short (5-10') stop right above Gokteik village, just before crossing the bridge. Tourists get off for a couple of minutes to take pictures. Then the train passes over the bridge very very slowly and you get to admire the bridge, the gorge, the river which is visible in its depths, and also a small old wooden bridge inside the gorge right below the metal structure (visible looking down from the right hand windows). After passing over the bridge, the train gets into a shortish tunnel and starts an upward sloping journey to the next station, at which all tourists normally get off.

The whole thing is a great experience, and not just for old train lovers.
Written January 7, 2015
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Zwillingsseele
Munich, Germany4,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
I did not expect such a high viaduct like this. It was a breathtaking experience to look out of the window of the train into a depth of 250 metres. It took approximately 5 minutes to cross the bridge in a very slow motion. I can recommend it to everyone even if you are scared of heights. You will survive it like I did!
Written April 20, 2018
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Ofek B
Madrid, Spain164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
I didn't take the train. Just went for a day trip with a guide. We went on the railroad until we got to the bridge! Really nice view and it was a fun road :)
Written June 5, 2017
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Su Su M
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
I completely enjoyed my train ride from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw and passing through the Gokteik Viaduct. Like many things in Myanmar, the timing and efficiency of the train ride itself is not up to any standards at all, and it is certainly not the most comfortable ride. But, if you are adventurous and open your heart to new experiences and people, this is a wonderful way to travel, and a great destination to go to. The bridge itself is awe inspiring, given how high it is, over such steep valley. If you look down on the right on the way toward Hsipaw, you will see the older bridge way below that was attempted but abandoned before this bridge was built. It is breathtaking views but of course, check your fear of heights first before looking down.

What makes the whole experience more wonderful is the train ride so I would recommend you visit this viaduct all the way by train, instead of just driving there and taking photos from the train station before it passes the bridge. We met fellow passengers that were from all over and had great conversations. We passed through beautiful scenic Shan hills and farmlands and small cute towns. And on the other side of the bridge, the tunnels and narrow path of the tracks between rock walls dug out into the hills. It is a long ride and you are sitting through it all mostly. Might not be the most fun for young children that don't always understand to appreciate nature and its wonders or who don't like to be seated for hours at an end. But anyone who can appreciate nature and human made wonders will enjoy this experience.
Written June 3, 2017
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Ichick
Peterborough, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
Travel in normal class and sit with the locals, I was in a carriage with part of the national army canon regiment who were returning from operations in the border region. They were fascinated by us and we had several photos/ videos taken. The local sellers come through the train with their snacks,we had hard boiled quail eggs.
The viaduct is great yo pass over and then plays with your sense of direction as the track curls found the mountain so views appear on different sides of the carriage.
Written December 11, 2015
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