Myanmar boasts the most ridiculous speed limit in the world

Someone has a screw loose.

Myanmar blends temples, mountains and pristine beaches with arbitrary nonsense. There is nothing quite like it, and we adore it.

Of all the intrinsic beauty and nonsensical manifestations of Myanmar, here is our new favourite.

The blend of Imperial and Metric standards can also be seen on the milestones and kilometre stones that take turns lining the highway between Yangon and Mandalay.


48 kilometres per hour. Yep.

Indeed, in 2018, Mandalay drivers became subject to this quirky speed limit. One can only try to imagine how this played out during the meeting at Mandalay City Hall.

Most likely, in many other countries the decision makers would have opted for 45 or 50 km/h, but here, count on it!

Myanmar, or Burma, has always been confused when it comes to units. The British left them with an Imperial legacy whereas the country is now increasingly embracing the Metric System.

As the old British speed limit of 30 miles per hour was to be converted, well, 30 mp/h X 1.6 = 48.  There you go.

A little bonus fact is that you are allowed to go 50 km/h when you cross the bridge that connects Mandalay with Sagain. So please make sure you slow down to 48 km/h after you have crossed the bridge 😉

Next to the sign with the more sane speed limit, the green sign reads: “Ayeyarwaddy Bridge (The Treasure Pile)”


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