We chose to take the train ride from Mandalay to Hsipaw because it crosses the famous Gokteik viaduct. At one time it was considered one of the greatest railway viaducts in the world and it is still the highest bridge in Myanmar.
250 meters high and 689 meters long. Designed and constructed by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1901 for the British Empire. It was shipped from America to Burma and then assembled by the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction company.
Old and rickety. It took our train about 20min to cross the viaduct. No silly safety measures, so I could lean out of the open doorways as much as I wanted and admire green surroundings and deep gorge beneath me. Burmese passengers started calling us to the window as soon as we got closer to the viaduct. No chance of missing it… especially when your train breaks down a few hundred meters before crossing it!