“The rail journey from Mandalay, up switchbacks and hairpin bends to Pyin U Lwin, and then across the mountains and the famous bridge at Gokteik, is one of the great railway journeys of the world.” – Wiki-travel
Constructed by the Pennsylvania Steel Company and raised under supervision of British engineers in colonial Burma, the viaduct over the Gokteik Gorge was the highest railway bridge in the world. It rises 306 feet above the gorge floor and spans nearly 700 meters. In 2014 it still ranks as the world’s third highest railway trestle.
For train buffs or people going to trekking in Kyaukme or Hsipaw, or traveling onto Lashio or Mu Se on the Chinese border, this is trip is a fun and adventurous way to go. That is if you don’t mind some serious side-to-side pitching and overall roller coaster thrill ride aspect. Read more about it in Burma Traveler.