Myanmar revives overland route

December 14, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 14 December 2017: Tourists can once more apply for permits to travel overland from Inle Lake to Keng Tung a historical city around 100 km from the border with China and 160 km from Thailand.

The military closed the route along highway 4 from Inle Lake to Keng Tung two years ago, ending a popular overland route used by group tours and even motor bike caravans.

According to the Myanmar Tourism Marketing, a public/private organisation that promotes the country’s tourism, the Ministry of Hotel & Tourism announced recently that it was now possible to apply for permits to travel overland. Read more

New book launch

December 14, 2017 by  
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CHIANG RAI, 14 December 2017: Knowledge Media Group will release its latest guidebook, ‘The Best of Myanmar’ at a book launch, 27 December, hosted by Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake, Yangon.

Publisher, Jaffee Yee, describes Best of Myanmar  as a “premium armchair travel guide to showcase as much as possible all of the best Myanmar has to offer.”

Content includes top attractions, rare flora and fauna, art and cultural heritage, luxury river cruises, hotels and resorts and fine dining. Read more

Twice weekly flight to Yangon

December 8, 2017 by  
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CHIANG MAI, 8 December 2017:  Myanmar’s privately owned airline, AIR KBZ, has introduced a service from Chiang May to Yangon.

The airline is offering a twice weekly service on Wednesday and Sunday using a 70-seat ATR aircraft.

The twice-weekly service is in the timetable for the winter season through to 21 March 2018. The airline is selling seats mainly to tour operators who are planning trips for clients that combine North Thailand and Myanmar. Read more

Air link for heritage towns in pipeline

December 4, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 4 December 2017: Myanmar National Airlines has applied for a licence to operate a direct flight between Bagan and Siem Reap, in a move that will give it a competitive advantage over other regional airlines.

Linking the two top heritage sites with a direct flight would be welcomed by tour operators as it would end expensive back tracking through regional hubs and save considerable time for travellers.

Today, there are no international flights linking Bagan directly with other Mekong Region heritage destinations. Read more

Inle Lake trip explores pagoda ruins

November 29, 2017 by  
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INLE LAKE, Myanmar, 29 November 2017: Sanctum Inle Resort, an upscale resort in one of Myanmar’s most compelling destinations, Inle Lake, has launched a boat journey to an ancient capital where more than 100 stupas stand in a flooded plain.

As more tourists discover the lake’s stilted villages and floating market gardens, the resort has introduced a full- day tour to Sagar, a 538-year-old village at the southern-most reaches of the lake.

Founded as a royal capital of the Shan State in 1479, Sagar has been dubbed the lake’s “best kept secret.” Its 108 stupas that date to the 16th and 17th centuries. They are partially submerged during the rainy season. Read more

Pope meets Myanmar military

November 28, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 28 November 2017: Pope Francis met Myanmar’s powerful army chief on Monday at the start of a highly sensitive trip, with the military man saying he told the pontiff there was “no religious discrimination” in his country despite allegations of ethnic cleansing.

The 80-year-old pope, the first to travel to Myanmar, received Senior General Min Aung Hlaing for a 15-minute meeting at the archbishop’s residence in Yangon, where the pontiff is staying during his visit.

At least 620,000 Rohingya have fled western Rakhine state to Bangladesh, describing rape, murder and arson at the hands of Min Aung Hlaing’s army and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs. Read more

Myanmar travel colour coded

November 23, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK , 23 November 2017: Australia’s Smartraveller travel advice service issued a warning, Wednesday, on Paletwa township in southern Chin State, Myanmar.

Smartraveller.org.au advises travellers to reconsider the need to visit Paletwa township in southern Chin State, due to active armed conflict in areas close by.

The Paletwa advice is colour coded amber one step down from do-not-visit colour coded red. Read more

Mega puppet fest set for Myanmar

November 13, 2017 by  
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YANGON: 13 November 2017: Overseas tour operators looking to add value to their tours in March next year, could consider a visit to the country’s second puppet festival.

Firm dates for the festival have still to be finalise,  but it will be hosted in Mandalay and Yangon on the same days.

Last hosted in 2016, Myanmar will hold the second International Marionette Festival in 2018 in two cities for the first time. Read more

Myanmar rebuffs UN statement

November 9, 2017 by  
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MYANMAR, 9 November 2017: Myanmar on Wednesday hit back at a UN Security Council statement critical of its handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying it could “seriously harm” efforts to repatriate the Muslim minority from Bangladesh.

On Monday the top UN body called on Myanmar to rein in military operations that have pushed more than 600,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh since late August, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis.

The statement expressed “grave concern” over rights violations such as killing, sexual violence and torching of homes and property, “including by the Myanmar security forces”. Read more

Blaze ends Kandawgyi Palace era

October 20, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 20 October 2017: A fire broke out at Yangon’s iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, 0300 Wednesday, turning the predominantly wooden structure into a smouldering ruin.

One of the first five-star hotels to open in Yangon on the banks of a picturesque lake, the fire gutted the entire hotel by the time it was extinguished at around 0700.

One person died and there were reports of some injuries to staff, fire fighters and guests who were staying at hotel. Read more

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