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Cruise ship arrives in Mergui

The ‘last island paradise’ of the Mergui Archipelago, straddling Myanmar and Thailand, has been in the spotlight with a high-level inspection and a day visit by a large super-cruise ship last week. The group of over 800 islands, for decades dubbed ‘the forbidden islands’ following its closure to all by the Burmese military junta since […]

Myanmar, Thai universities to ink MoU for cooperation Posted

The universities of Myanmar and Thailand plan to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the education sector very soon, according to Myeik University. Myanmar’s Myeik University and Thailand’s Phetchaburi Rajabhat University will ink the MoU during the last week of January and the first week of February, 2019. The MoU will include […]

China port pact in focus as President visits Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Myanmar starting on Monday will be an occasion to build upon the strong bilateral relationship with India’s biggest link with the Asean region. However, with Myanmar signing the Kyaukpyu port project with China in November, officials in India are concerned that this port could become a greater security […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Myanmar’s eco-resorts open up Asia’s new tourism frontier

KAWTHAUNG, Myanmar — A few hours boat ride from the port of Kawthaung, a school of dolphins nudged up to our 30-meter wooden junk. As the captain cut the engine, their silver backs heaved in and out of view; all else was still. Behind us, the Tanintharyi coastline — Myanmar’s skinny southern tail, fringing the […]

Work on Myanmar dam goes on under heavy guard

Work on a massive hydropower dam appears to be picking up in eastern Myanmar as the electricity-starved nation seeks ways to light more homes amid protests from locals and environmentalists. Locals say employees of a Chinese state-owned power firm in Shan state have been working under heavy guard at the Mong Ton Hydropower project along […]

Visitors damage coral reefs on Cocks Comb

Ninety percent of the coral reefs on a famous island, Cocks Comb have been damaged by the uncontrolled influx of visitors during the past two years, U Phyo Wai Yarzar, advisor of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday. adCocks Comb Island is just off the coast of Kawthaung and part […]

Uncertainty on the Waterfront

In recent years, downtown Yangon has become a cool place to hang out, its history written on the walls of its picturesque old buildings, its streets filled with hipster cafes and trendy boutiques. Photographers often turn this area into their sets, posing models on trishaws against the backdrop of the Yangon River at sunset. Some […]

Mergui: Paradise about to be lost?

MYEIK, Myanmar, 1 December 2017: Regarded as one of the last island paradises left on Earth, Mergui Archipelago is fast becoming one of the most sought-after new destinations in Asia. Currently lacking any significant tourism infrastructure, the formerly off-limits region in the Andaman Sea only opened to pioneer tourism in 1997 after half a century […]

Total in Talks with Myanmar to Build Power Plant, Supply LNG

Total SA is in talks with Myanmar to supply the country’s most populous city, Yangon, with liquefied natural gas. The French energy giant may also build a power plant, according to Xavier Preel, general manager of Total E&P Myanmar. Total, which sold about 11 million tons of LNG last year, is seeking to expand its footprint in downstream […]