Hot-air ballooning transport to launch in October

Hot -air ballooning transport will resume in October after a four-month suspension due to weather conditions, said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Hot-air ballooning in Myanmar is a popular excursion for tourists and locals to enjoy the scenic beauty in places such as Bagan. The balloon can lift off only in […]

Major earthquake strikes central Myanmar, kills four, destroys pagodas

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Myanmar yesterday, killing at least four people and damaging famous pagodas in Bagan and other regions. The earthquake, with its epicenter inside Myanmar, about 12 miles west of Chauk and about 123 miles southwest of the Mandalay seismological observatory, was recorded at 5.04 pm, according to the announcement […]

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 […]

Thanakha: Scent of a nation

Since ancient times, Myanmar people have been rubbing thanakha paste on their faces as an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. The yellow facial cream produced from ground thanakha bark is a much-touted beauty secret deeply ingrained in the Myanmar culture. Men also wear it quite unconsciously. Thanakha trees can be found in places […]

Bus ticket price soar ahead of the Burmese New Year (Thingyan) starting 12th April 2014

As the water festival approaches, bus passengers on the Yangon-Mandalay route are getting soaked. In what some say is a tradition as venerable as drenching passers-by with water, ticket prices have soared, with some more than doubling in price as the holiday looms, customers complain. The K8000 price of a ticket from Yangon to Magwe […]