The bus from Taungoo to Hpa-An doesn’t depart from the city. The city doesn’t have one main bus station. Instead, the bus that passes by makes a stop on the street in a place that I have no idea where it is. But if you stay in one accommodation where they speak English, I’m sure you might get help. As I didn’t have any help and didn’t know where to search for it, no one speaks English here, I went from Taungoo to Hpa-An via Yangon.
From Taungoo to Yangon
I bought the ticket from Taungoo to Yangon at 10 am and the bus left at 11 am. It was a boring bus ride, where I’m the only foreigner, and for the second day in a row, we have a flat tire. I have never had a flat tire in Myanmar before, and in just two days, I had two! Fortunately, the flat tire shows up not very far from a bus stop where they can fix it while we eat something. I was starving!
There weren’t many places to eat around, in fact, there was just one. With gestures, the waiter tells me that he doesn’t have the most basic thing: rice, how surprising! So, I eat some kind of a fried toast wrapped in egg with sugar on top. It was actually very tasty! I have my toast and drink my tea while waiting for the bus tire to get fixed meanwhile watching Deep Ayl on the TV, my favorite Burmese actor – he is so handsome! After this break to fix the tire, we proceed on this journey from Taungoo to Hpa-An that took me all day.
From Yangon to Hpa-An
While on the bus from Taungoo to Yangon, I search for the next step. I need to find bus companies that go from Yangon to Hpa-An. I see that they have several buses going to Hpa-An per day and once I reach the Aung Mingalar bus station, I immediately try to find Mi Ba Gone office to buy a ticket for the next bus available. Luckily for me, the next bus is at 4 pm and reaches Hpa An at 10:30 pm. It costs 6000 kyats. The timing was perfect as I had time to eat some noodles at the food stalls at the station, buy some things for the journey, and go to the toilet. The journey from Yangon to Hpa-An was made mostly through the night time, so I have nothing to say about it. I have no idea of the views outside.
In Hpa-An, besides arriving in the dark, I walk until my Hotel because those motorbike riders at the station were asking way too much for 1 km distance. The bus stops in the main street that is well lighted up, so I walk until the Hotel with my backpack on. It was a long, not exciting day this one.