Local Bus Trip (Ngwe Saung Beach to Pathein)
This is a typical local bus in Myanmar for short distance trips. They are well prepared for carrying goods on top and, in this case, the gas tank. Sometimes you even see people travelling on top!
This trip was from Ngwe Saung Beach to Pathein, famous for being the place where Burmese Parasols are made. It’s just a 55 km trip, but the roads are bad and the bus stops frequently to load and unload goods and pick up passengers in small villages, meaning that it can take up to 4 hours.
Utilitarian and vintage dashboard.
These are the seats which are more or less comfortable until they load goods everywhere. On our journey they were transporting coconuts.
In addition to the coconuts and crazy driving, there was also a gas tank just next to the passengers on the first row… Not very safe!
This guy is the one who calls out the bus’ destination as it passes through villages. He also helps with the loading and unloading of goods, as well as delivering envelopes and packages to shops along the route.
Stopping to load up sacks of coal.