Cheap fares on Bangkok-Yangon route

BANGKOK, 26 April 2018: Planning a trip to Yangon for a short break appears to be simple enough if all you want is the cheapest fare for the one-hour 25-minute journey with no thrills, not even a check-in bag allowance. There are scores of online booking sites that deliver point-to-point options and some even claiming […]

Myanmar Aims to Harmonise Hotel Industry, Environment

The newfound political stability in Myanmar since the peaceful transition to democracy began two years ago has led to a boom in the country’s hotel industry, buoyed by the influx of tourists. But in the rush to construct more hotels to provide accommodation for the bourgeoning tourism sector, issues related to environment and environmental conservation […]

Air KBZ to Operate International Flights to Chiang Mai

Air KBZ plans to launch its first international route on 2 December, when it will begin thrice-weekly flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, said Assistant General Manager Daw Aye Mra Thar. The Myanmar airline planned to begin the new flight in November, but could not do so because of negotiations with Thailand authorities. A […]

Yangon Airport Receives Over 360,000 Passengers a Month

Yangon International Airport currently hosts over 360,000 passengers per month, with 120 flights landing daily, said U Aung Kyaw Tun, the deputy director-general of the Civil Aviation Department. Previously, there were only 40 flights per day that landed at Yangon International Airport. With the added flights to and from all over the world, the Yangon […]

Myanmar ripe for investments in services sector as economy grows

MYANMAR IS in need of more investments, especially in the service sector, as the economy is showing strong growth, Aung Kyan San, managing director of Crown Education, a business and consultancy firm based in Yangon, said last Friday. “Foreign investors still have a lot of opportunity in Myanmar thanks to the growing economy, and this […]

Thai Lion Air bound at last for Yangon

Thai Lion Air’s B737-900ER. The no-frills carrier has received permission from Myanmar to start flights to Yangon. (Thai Lion Air photo) After some hiccups, Thai Lion Air (TLA) has finally been given the nod from Myanmar to launch a regular service from Bangkok to Yangon. TLA’s foray into Myanmar will intensify competition on the route, […]

Domestic Workers from Myanmar Overworked in Thailand

  CHIANG MAI, THAILAND—In Thailand, thousands of unregistered domestic workers from Myanmar face daily abuse at the hands of their employees. But now, as Myanmar opens to reform, changes are coming slowly. Is it enough to draw back a future work force? Every year, an estimated two million migrant workers from Myanmar join the Thai […]

Thailand eyes Myeik archipelago as new investment destination

Thailand‘s tourism minister has made her first trip to Myeik archipelago to assess the opportunities for investment along the untouched coastline of Tanintharyi Region. Myeik district, home to almost 700,000 people, mirrors the far more frequently visited shores of southern Thailand, along the opposite coastline of a narrow strip of land. Officials from Thailand and […]

Air Cargo:Emerging Myanmar requires patience

After more than two decades of isolation, the nation of Myanmar is moving back into the international market. As this Southeast Asian country makes cautious steps towards democracy, the forwarding industry is watching – and waiting – for opportunities to turn Myanmar into the region’s next logistics powerhouse. For some logistics firms, the wait may be […]

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 […]