Rakhine in the throes of land grab?

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BANGKOK, 29 September 2017: Battered by global outrage over an army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar has found comfort in an old friend – China, an Asian superpower whose unflinching support is tied to the billions it has lavished on ports, gas and oil in violence-hit Rakhine state.

Close to half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in the last month after a militant attack sparked a vicious military campaign that the UN has called “ethnic cleansing”.

China — which is expected to speak later Thursday at a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis — has fallen out of step with much of the world in condemning the army-led crackdown. Read more

Pressure mounts on Myanmar

September 18, 2017 by  
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DHAKA, 18 September 2017: Bangladesh restricted the movement of Rohingya refugees, Saturday, banning them from leaving overcrowded border areas where over 400,000 who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar are living in squalid conditions.

The tough new measures came as Dhaka struggled to cope with the scale of the “unprecedented crisis”, with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina heading for the UN General Assembly to plead for global help.

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh’s southeast border district of Cox’s Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state. Read more

Myanmar slammed over Rohingya crisis

September 12, 2017 by  
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GENEVA, 12 September 2017: The UN human rights chief on Monday slammed Myanmar’s apparent “systematic attack” on the Rohingya minority, warning that “ethnic cleansing” seemed to be underway.

“Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation cannot yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council.

The Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar, where the roughly one million-strong community are accused of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Read more

India calls for restraint in Rakhine

September 11, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 11 September 2017: India has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, urging its ally to act with restraint as hordes of Rohingya flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces,” the foreign ministry said in a statement late Saturday.

“It is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” it said, adding it was concerned about the outflow of refugees. Read more

Strand Yangon completes remake

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 8 September 2017: Yangon’s historic Strand Yangon is now in the final stages of a major renovation that has taken 18 months and will be completed by this November.

The 18-month project should ensure the iconic hotel, located  close the city’s riverfront, can regain its place as one of Southeast Asia’s leading hotels and establish itself as Myanmar’s first luxury urban resort.

In November, the 31-room hotel will open a new outdoor swimming pool, dining terrace, therapy rooms, gym and private garden. Read more

Myanmar hill town hosts trail run

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 31 August 2017: Myanmar’s third annual MyWorld Kalaw Trail Run has opened for registration.

The event, featuring a trail half-marathon (21km) and a 12 km trail run, will offer scenic races through beautiful forests surrounding Kalaw, a hilltop-town 30 km from Inle Lake.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 10, 2017. Read more

Travel to Rakhine off limits

August 30, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 August 2017: Fatal attacks on security forces in northern Rakhine State and ongoing violent clashes with militants prompted updates to travel advisories  this week warning visitors to avoid Rakhine State.

Smarttraveller, the travel advisory service of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was the first to issue a caution on travel to the west Myanmar coastal state.

Trouble focused on Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships in northern Rakhine State. Read more

Lotte opens in Yangon

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 August 2017: Lotte Yangon opens officially, 1 September, at a prime site next to Inya Lake managed by the hotel division of South Korean retail giant Lotte Group.

The hotel’s developer, Lotte Hotel & Resorts, sees the opening of its eighth foreign hotel in Myanmar as part of a wider plan to establish a foothold in ASEAN’s lucrative hotel markets.

Lotte Hotel & Resorts is part of the South Korean retail giant, Lotte Group, which is the fifth-largest conglomerate with sprawling businesses in food, retail and construction. Read more

Cruise beyond money matters

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Myanmar, Travel Logs

BANGKOK: Heritage Line a river cruise operator in Myanmar is a mite shy about sharing its prices online so discovering just how amazing the latest offers are becomes problematic for the online booker.

But there is definitely demand for river cruises in Myanmar from travellers who want to explore rural scenes beyond the popular urban destinations; Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.

Just this week a Singaporean traveller asked me what I thought about cruising between Mandalay and Bagan? Read more

Festival time in Myanmar

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, Myanmar, News

YANGON 25 August 2017: Myanmar’s festival season kicks off in September, a month-long period of celebrations that showcase the country’s culture and traditions.

From dancing papier-mâché elephants to colourful parades, from oil lamp illuminations to long-tail boat racing, the festive season is one of the best times to visit Myanmar according to Myanmar Tourism Marketing.

September marks the end of Buddhist Lent and the closing weeks of the annual rainy season. Read more

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