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Get off the bus close to the bus station, but don't go there. Just follow the main road (Thundhamma Road or Road No 3) and get to the nearest traffic lights. You will see them from the bus stop. Behind the traffic lights there's a wide roadside and good place to hitch.
Buses 17 (၁၇), 18 (၁၈), 32 (၃၂), 42 (၄၂), 66 (၆၆) all go to the Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Station from parts of the city. Bus 35 (၃၅) goes furthest north of all the buses; it begins right at Strand Rd (riverside) and goes north along the Phone Gyi/Pyay Rd (the next street east of 12th). After the turn left from Khayae Rd onto the Highway (at [16.936N, 96.153E], just north of the Highway Bus Station), there are plenty of places to hitch. The bus takes you another 8.8km north, very near to the toll gate (past the Myanmar Brewery), after which it turns left. Make sure to get off before it turns left there; the turnoff is here [17.0139N, 96.14576E].
You can easily catch a car to [[Naypyidaw]] or even straight to [[Mandalay]]. If you go to [[Mae Sot]] you can take a car only to the beginning of the highway and then turn right. There are also many good hitching spots.