New bridge a boon for beach tourism

  Business operators at Chaungtha are hoping the reopening of a bridge on the road to Pathein will restore tourism to the beach. U Toe Bridge, near U Toe village, about 5 kilometres east of Chaungtha in Ayeyarwady Region, has been temporarily closed for upgrades since January. The project will see the wooden single-lane bridge […]

Luxury project planned in Ngwe Saung

A Hong Kong-Myanmar joint venture plans to build a luxury mixed use development aimed at high net worth individuals, to the south of Ngwe Saung village in Ayeyarwady Region. The project will include hotels, residential units, 20 kilometres of white sand beach, a jetty and a golf course. Hong Kong based H&Co Real Estate Holdings […]

Stays at Yangon’s first Sheraton Hotel are two years away

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the corporation behind the Sheraton brand, has announced its first Myanmar outpost will open in 2017. The Sheraton Yangon Hotel will be the country’s first of its kind, as US sanctions had previously deterred Starwood from doing business in Myanmar. The hotel’s construction – including the price of land – […]

Condo developers go small-town

As the market for condominium developments in Yangon becomes increasingly crowded, developers are looking at other locations across the country for opportunities to build new projects. Yangon’s skyline is changing quickly as developers race to build high-end condominiums, but elsewhere in Myanmar, the pace of growth has been much slower. Mandalay’s first condominium was built […]

Untouched Kabyar Wa beach faces an uncertain future

The salty, humid breeze off the Andaman Sea soughs through the sparse pine trees on the edge of the shore and rolls as far as the clumps of areca palm farms along the ridgeline. The early May sun is high in the cloudless sky, and the waves are placid and slow. Kabyar Wa, arguably one […]

Myanmar will host 8 million visitors by 2020

YANGON, 10 April 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says the country’s tourism master plan is now underway following the recommendations of the Asia Development Bank and the Norwegian government that funded and wrote the plan. Eleven Myanmar media quoted tourism minister, Htay Aung, as saying the master plan includes 38 projects, requiring an […]

Success brings its own trouble for Yangon getaway

Catering to holidaymakers when the sun is shining, then returning to a former job in the rainy season means two income streams for most families living at Yankin Tha riverfront. The getaway site, located about 30 miles (48 kilometres) west of Yangon near Ayeyarwady Region’s Nyaungdon town, has created something of a boom for what […]