Yangon known for its secondhand book stalls as well as golden pagodas

MENTIONING elephants is a big mistake. It’s how, on a trip to Myanmar, I come to be known as the Elephant Man. It all begins late one afternoon in Yangon, the delightfully decrepit capital of a former hermit nation that’s opened up to the outside world and on its way to becoming South East Asia’s […]

Max Myanmar sells two beach hotels to Amazing Group

Max Myanmar Hotels has sold two beach resorts toAmazing Hotels & Resorts – one on land that was confiscated from villagers by the Tatmadaw ostensibly for the development of a military compound. The subsidiary of conglomerate Max Myanmar Holding sold its hotels on Chaungtha beach in Ayeyarwady Region and Ngapali beach in Rakhine State earlier […]

Ngapali Beach, Mrauk Oo to See Extra Police Force

The Myanmar Police Force (MPF) will deploy more tourist police in Thandwe and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine state due to the rising number of tourists in those areas. The areas that will see beefed up security are Thandwe, Kyauktaw, Ngapali Junction, Mazin Airport, Mrauk Oo Archaeology Museum, Shiqthaung Pagoda and Mrauk Oo Airport. The tourists […]

Plans laid for 20-year Ngwesaung development project

Plans for a 20-year Ngwesaung development project have been drawn and will be implemented in four five-year phases, in order of importance, according to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The socioeconomic development plan is designed to urbanise the beach village, introducing infrastructural development such as electricity, telecommunications and even a small airport, as well as […]

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 […]

Despite Dodgier Airport, Nok Air Hopes to Touch Down in Ngapali

Thai budget carrier Nok Air is planning a direct flight from Bangkok to Ngapali in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to tap the surge in tourist arrivals, Patee Sarasin, CEO of the company told Myanmar Business Today. Ngapali, located 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Thandwe in Rakhine state, is arguably the most famous beach in Myanmar and […]

Air Mandalay Shows Off New Embraer Fleet Ahead of Relaunch

Air Mandalay hosted a special flight to Ngapali for members of the press and stakeholders to display its new fleet prior to its official recommencement of scheduled flights on May 1. Air Mandalay suspended its operations on December 10 last year citing “unforeseen delays on the scheduled arrival” of leased aircraft. Its charter services officially […]

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 […]

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 […]