Myanmar opens up Mogok town further for tourism

MYANMAR’S long-secluded town of Mogok, renowned for ruby mines and gem markets, is emerging as a popular tourist destination as the process of gaining authorisation to visit the town becomes easier. The mountain town had been off-limits to visitors for decades until the government allowed limited access in the mid-1990s. Permits were difficult to come […]

Uneven development stifling Myanmar

Anyone arriving today at Mingaladon Airport and driving toward the center of Yangon would find it hard to imagine that just a few years ago Myanmar was an isolated country – poor, underdeveloped and labeled by the US as an “outpost of tyranny.” At the start of the 21st century there were few cars on […]

Airlines Scramble to Land in Myanmar, but Visas Still up in the Air

BANGKOK — Foreign airline companies big and small are falling over one another in a battle for landing rights in Myanmar to tap into Southeast Asia’s new and rapidly rising tourist destination. Myanmar may still be a long way behind its neighbor Thailand in visitor numbers, but since President U Thein Sein began opening up […]