The Trouble With India’s Projects in Myanmar

India has great ambitions for infrastructure construction in Myanmar, but falls short in implementation. Myanmar President Htin Kyaw’s recent visit to India, the first by the head of a civilian government in Myanmar in over five decades, saw the two sides focus on improving connectivity and counterinsurgency cooperation. In addition to reaffirming their commitment to […]

Ayeyawady, Chindwin, Ngawun rivers have exceeded danger levels

WHILE exceeding danger levels around several towns the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers have threatened to flood people living in low-lying areas. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has alerted people living in lowing lying-areas in Mandalay, Sagaing and Ayeyawady regions to take precautions against possible flooding. According to observations yesterday the water level of the […]

In Hkamti, the slow death of a river

Upper Myanmar’s Chindwin River, a tributary to the great Ayeyarwady, is choking to death – on gold. As it flows through Sagaing Region’s Hkamti township, rich in natural treasures, it is fouled with red sludge and spoil, the ruins of former and active mines and diggings. The villages of Hman Bin, Phaung Sai, Kaung Hmu, […]

South Korea to assist with Twantay canal development

South Korea is providing help to draw up the main plans for the Twantay canal development, sources say. The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems has signed an agreement with the ISAN Corporation from South Korea to conduct a survey for the canal’s development, according to a directorate official. “The ISAN Corporation […]

In Myanmar, Sailing in the Wake of Kipling and Orwell

ON THE IRRAWADDY RIVER, Myanmar — When Daniel and Susy Florens booked a five-star honeymoon with stops in some of Asia’s premier luxury destinations, Myanmar seemed like just another stop on the itinerary. They had agreed to take a five-day cruise along the Irrawaddy River on the recommendation of a trusted travel agent. But as […]

Orient Express Launches Orcaella Offering New Myanmar Cruises

On July 22, Orient-Express will launch a new river cruiser, the Orcaella, which will sail on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Named for a species of dolphin that inhabits the river, Orcaella (‘Or-kay-la’), was built in the colonial capital city of Yangon. The 200-foot-long ship was designed with a shallow […]