To buy a train ticket in Myanmar you have to go to the train station a couple of days before you want to travel (with your passport) and pay in cash for a hand written ticket. Or in the case of Mawlamyine, a day before. In Yangon we had our ‘upper’ ticket purchased and we had a great trip – leaving at 7.15am and arriving at 4.50pm. Thanks to Seat61 for so much info! The trip was worth it just to experience the passing parade of amazing food and snack choices available, many of which were offered from the heads of very poised snack merchants. Oh, and the scenery. More golden pagodas than you ever thought possible. Also farms, rice paddies, and water buffalo.