Myanmar tourism boom set to bring 7.5m visitors a year

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is hoping to lure 7.5 million tourists a year by 2019, an official said on Tuesday (Aug 2), as the impoverished former junta-ruled nation emerges as one of Southeast Asia’s hot destinations. Travel to the once-cloistered country used to be reserved for the well-heeled and intrepid, prepared to endure the travails […]

Rich and poor donate gold for next life

The 41-year-old car accessories salesman, who runs a modest business in the city’s Mayangone township, has for the past 15 years religiously allocated a share of his daily profit to the tin. “I never forget to save money for donation,” he says, pointing to the box on an altar beside a small statue of the […]

2 Burmese & Kiwi jailed for religious insult

The use of Buddha in a promotional poster on a Myanmar bar Facebook page has landed a New Zealand national and two Burmese men in jail. Philip Blackwood appeared in court accused of contravening Myanmar’s stringent religious insult laws. The promotional poster for the V Gastro bar showed an image of the Buddha wearing DJ […]