Myanmar races ahead as we (Thailand) back-pedal

All eyes have been on Myanmar this week as it finally voted a new president, Htin Kyaw, into office, in so doing becoming the latest debutante into the democratic club. A close aide (for many he is a proxy) of democracy icon Aug San Suu Kyi, who is blocked from taking up the role due […]

Two state hotels tendered, again

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. The Ministry of Hotel and Tourism has conducted a new tender for Thiri Myaing Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin and Chaungtha New Beach Hotel. The tender was announced in state-run media on October 17. Two bids were received […]

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 […]

Government auctions off state-run hotels

Some of the country’s most prized state-run hotel properties have quietly been tendered to private Myanmar firms by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. These include Thiri Myaing Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin, which was formerly known as Candacraig and is set on 7 acres of gardens. Built in 1904, it was a chummery house […]

Myanmar to preserve buildings of the British Raj

A flurry of interest in preserving Myanmar’s colonial-era architecture has won the support of the government, highlighting both the lure of foreign investment and a readiness to reconnect with its past. Before it was subjected to more than 40 years of military rule, Yangon was a cosmopolitan port city and one of the great trading […]