I want to go from Loikaw to Hpa-An, but there are no direct buses, that’s why I headed to Taungoo. However, there are no daily buses from Loikaw to Taungoo, so I needed to wait until the next daily. There is a bus (minivan) at 6 am and at 6 pm. I decided to go at 6 am, even if that means waking up at 5 am. And it was a good decision! During the nighttime, there are no beautiful sceneries to watch through the window.
What I thought to be a bus was actually a minivan. You will experience this all the time because they refer to minivans as buses. They pick me up at the Hostel and I pay 14500 kyats for the trip. We stop in the main bus station for a while to wait for the rest of the passengers that ended up not being that many. The minivan wasn’t full. What I wasn’t expecting was the journey to be that long. We reach Taungoo at about 3 pm and as usual, the street is bad. So, the trip takes about 8 to 9 hours.
The journey is through the mountains so be prepared to be motion sick. I wasn’t but at some point, I was wishing for the journey to end. However, the scenery as you cross the mountains is very beautiful, but I wasn’t expecting to be that beautiful as it was.
I didn’t know that the street from Loikaw to Taungoo would have such wonderful views. I could actually say that part of the street is one of the most scenic of the streets in Myanmar. There is some kind of a lake, or maybe a reservoir in the middle of the mountains. It looks stunning. I was so excited about the view, but at the same time pity that I can’t admire it properly.
But that’s until we hear a ‘boom’. Can you believe that we had a flat tire exactly in the perfect spot for me to contemplate the amazing view that was just passing by? I never in my life thought that I would be happy to have a flat tire in the middle of nowhere in Myanmar. The bus driver stops to fix it and I don’t mind how long he takes. The view is amazing and I couldn’t be happier for the unfortunate moment. I still can’t believe how perfect was the timing of that flat tire!
This is a very scenic road and in case you are in Myanmar on a motorbike, I seriously advise you to ride here. So beautiful!!!
And that was definitely the highlight of the trip and the reason why I was glad to do it. It was a long ride in the middle of turns and twists, so at least the scenery made it worthy. After all, this bus from Loikaw to Taungoo was a very beautiful and unexpected trip. In Taungoo I will stay in the cheapest accommodation that is 18€ a night! Taungoo is not a place where tourists go, so no hostels there, and not many options. No options on a budget at all, and for that reason I spend only one night here. After arriving there at about 3 pm, I go to my Hotel by a motorbike that has a sit on the side, a very expensive ride for less than 5 minutes, I need to mention. I was so tired because of the bus journey, and because I woke up too early. Being that, once I checked in, I took a nap. No one speaks English here, so it was very frustrating to plan the next move. In Taungoo I really needed help, but I didn’t have…
See a little video of this viewpoint on the way from Loikaw to Taungoo: