New route Chiang Mai to Yangon

CHIANG MAI : AirAsia will introduce a new direct service linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Yangon in Myanmar. The three weekly service, scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will start 11 August. August is one of the lowest months for travel to Yangon and traffic from Chiang Mai will be even lower. However, there […]

Bangkok Airways to fly direct between Yangon and Phuket

Thailand’s Bangkok Airways will start direct flights between Yangon and Phuket starting on November 17, Varong Israsena, the Bangkok-based regional airline vice president of sales told The Myanmar Times in Yangon. State-owned Myanmar National Airlines started operating a direct flight between Yangon and Phuket a month ago. “MNA sees the potential and increase in traffic […]

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 […]