International hotel chains open their doors in Myanmar

Since opening up the country, more tourists come and discover Myanmar and it is expected to grow even more. Therefore, more and more investors are seeing chances to begin their business here. That is why a lot of new hotels will open their doors as well in 2017. Since the new government, led by National […]

Yangon and Hong Kong: A forgotten tale of two cities

To many people in Hong Kong, Myanmar might sound exotic and unfamiliar. The fact remains, however, that the country, formerly known as Burma, and our city both used to be British colonies and have close ties with each other. Yangon (also known as Rangoon), Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, was once a key trading […]

Descendent of last Myanmar King did not take too well to Thai Soap

I have never watched Plerng Phra Nang (A Lady’s Flame), a prime-time soap opera on Thai television that depicts a bloody dynastic power struggle in a fictional kingdom. The series — with elaborate period costumes and a lot of face-slapping and cat-fights among royal consorts — has received bad press in Myanmar and Thailand alike. […]

Manila Water, partner propose to undertake major Yangon project

Manila Water Company Inc. and partner Mitsubishi Corp. are eyeing a large-scale project that would help reduce non-revenue water in Yangon, Myanmar. Non-revenue water refers to water produced and lost due to leaking pipes and illegal connections or because of inaccurate metering. In a statement, Manila Water said it was expecting to submit jointly with […]

Myanmar Is Next Vietnam With 10% Growth: British Diplomat

Myanmar could be the next Vietnam or Thailand, with the economy having the potential of growing as much as 10 percent, a senior British diplomat said. The Southeast Asian nation, which is opening its economy to investors after decades of military rule, has to overcome challenges including a shortage of power supply, lack of policy […]

Paw San Rice: Myanmar’s ticket back to the international stage?

It all started with a plate of fried rice. It was a simple, perfectly balanced dish: a handful of plump prawns, some shallots and diced vegetables. All resting atop a mound of fragrant (and locally grown), long-grained Paw San rice, with each grain distinct and curling at the ends like a baroque version of Basmati. […]

Peninsula chain adds carefully chosen links in Myanmar, elsewhere

As it expands into Myanmar and Turkey, the operator of the Peninsula hotel chain is sticking with its signature formula of opening in the best of the best locations. The Peninsula Yangon will form a key part of a broader redevelopment project around the historic Yangon Central Railway Station. The headquarters of the old Burma […]

Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

Myanmar’s Rickety Railways Poised for a Revamp

​​ YANGON — As they pass Insein Station, a farmer and her fellow workers drag five huge bundles of vegetables to the front aisle of a railway car on the notoriously inefficient Yangon Circular Railway Line, forcing passengers to climb over the fresh produce if they want to enter or leave the carriage. The group […]

Descendants of Myanmar’s Last King Mark His Exile by Britain

More than a century after the British expelled Myanmar’s last king, descendants held an emotional ceremony in Mandalay’s Golden Palace today in a watershed moment for a country rediscovering its royal heritage after decades of colonialism and military rule. The last scions of the Konbaung dynasty gathered in the former seat of royal power as […]