Thai tourism firms urged to look into Myanmar and Cambodia

Thai tourism and hospitality businesses are being urged to tap into Myanmar and Cambodia to cash in on growing tourism in the two neighbouring countries. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said Myanmar and Cambodia were in dire need of tourism-related investment and hospitality knowledge from Thailand to upgrade their tourism destinations. Cambodia’s tourism minister […]

HK Express to fly to Myanmar

HK Express, a budget airline based in Hong Kong, will launch flights from Hong Kong to Yangon and Mandalay, next February. According to the airline’s website, it will operate four flights weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to Yangon, starting 17 February. The inaugural flight to Mandalay is scheduled for 21 February with two […]

New hand dealt for island casino

On the smoky second floor of the Grand Andaman resort, hundreds of people crowd around 44 gaming tables. They are betting on card games like Dragon Tiger, a straight forward affair where people place bets on whether the card in the Dragon or in the Tiger square turns up higher. While the patrons are mainly […]

End of a way of life: Burmese islands that are home to 2,000 sea gipsies set to be turned into ‘new Phuket’ with 30 hotels and a casino

Mergui Archipelago in Burma is home to 800 untouched islands but officials says this could soon change 30 hotels and resorts have been given the green lights and officials say these could attract eco-tourists and divers Only 2,612 tourists visited the islands last year, but this is set to soar if plans are given the […]

Investors Lining Up for Mergui Archipelago Hotel Permits

RANGOON — Nearly 30 local companies and joint ventures are awaiting government approval for hotel projects in Burma’s Mergui Archipelago or have already been given the greenlight to start implementing plans, according to Aung Zaw Win, director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The Myanmar Investment Commission is currently vetting 20 local firms […]

Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago: Is tourism a force for good?

As resort developers sense the money to be made in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, Nigel Richardson sails around its 800 islands and realises what is at stake In Biggles Delivers the Goods our eponymous goggled hero flies north over the Andaman Sea on a mission to thwart the Japanese: “To the right, the horizon was defined […]

Map of Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago is a group of 800 mostly uninhabited islands. There are around 2,000 sea gypsies that live on some of the islands, most of them are fishermen. You will find pristine islands with crystal clear water there. Excellent reef can be found around the islands. Mergui Archipelago has been touted as the next […]