The slow train from Thazi

There is nothing in Thazi. The only reason to stop there is to take “the slow train from Thazi”.
It takes 10 hours to cover the 150 km to Shwenyaung, a short drive from Inle lake but the trip is not at all tiring and very rewarding.
We travelled again with locals and bought food at stations along the way (watermelon, bananas, avocados and quail eggs). People were peaceful and happy, humming and singing (we have noticed they often sing – quietly).
The train zigzags its way up the mountain, reaches remote villages and does a few switchbacks.
After going through a couple of mountain chains, we reached a high plain and the scenery changed : it looked like Spain.

 

Le train lent de Thazi

Il n’y a rien à Thazi. La seule raison d’y aller est de prendre “le train lent de Thazi”.
Il parcourt les 150 km qui sépare Thazi de Shwenyaung, à proximité du lac d’Inle, en 10 heures, mais le voyage n’est pas du tout fatigant et très enrichissant.
Nous avons à nouveau voyagé avec les Birmans et avons acheté de la nourriture (pastèque, avocats, bananes et oeufs de caille) dans les gares, en chemin. Nos compagnons de voyage étaient tranquilles, souriants et chantonnaient (ils chantent souvent, doucement).
Le train zigzague pour arriver sur les hauteurs et s’arrête dans des villages isolés, doit faire des lacets pour continuer sa route.
Après plusieurs chaînes de montagne, nous atteignons une haute plaine et le paysage change : on se croirait en Espagne.

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