Air link for heritage towns in pipeline

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, Myanmar, News

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

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

Road to Mandalay leads to Bagan

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 6 June 2017: Myanmar’s Bagan with its ancient temples and pagodas is benefiting  from improved airline access from Mandalay, the nearest international gateway.

A new report by C9 Hotelworks ‘Bagan Myanmar Tourism Market Review’ highlights the fact that better road and air access from Mandalay the nearest city with an international airport is driving tourism growth.

This has encourage more travellers from the top five markets, US, UK, Germany, France and Japan. Read more

Bagan map in pipeline

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 24 March 2017: Bagan Tourism Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are working on a new tourist map of Bagan.

Myanmar Times media quoted Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager, Daw Yu Yu Lin, saying the map would make it easier for visitors to explore the heritage destinations.

“The guide map will also highlight some not-so-well-known pagodas where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Bagan.” Read more

Bagan temples audit underway

BAGAN, 10 October 2016: A detailed study is underway to access damage at ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan following a powerful earthquake last August.

Experts from UNESCO  and Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library are undertaking the assessment.

Irrawaddy media reported that the assessment phase had started in early September and should finish by the end of next month. Read more

Bagan temples damaged by quake

August 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 26 August 2016: A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said.

The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets.

Two girls, aged 7 and 15, were killed in Magway region where the quake struck, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Information. Read more

Bagan hotels on hold

June 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 17 June 2016: Over 40 hotel projects in the Bagan Ancient Cultural Region have been delayed since 2013, while their construction permits are reviewed.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Department of Archaeology director, U Zaw Zaw Htun, saying the department was reviewing the situation.

“The answer will only be realised once we’ve completed our negotiations with UNESCO for the recognition of Bagan as a World Heritage site… this impacts on the hotels’ future. For now, we’re still discussing possibilities.” Read more