Experts say 70% of nation’s coral reefs are damaged

Local and foreign experts have warned that the country’s coral reef cover has declined by 70 percent, but the actual figure is difficult to ascertain because of a lack of data. During a recent meeting to come up with a national action plan to protect sharks and manta rays, experts admitted that coral reefs in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Six properties in Myeik get greenlight to build hotels

The Myanmar Investment Commission has given permission to six properties in Myeik archipelago in Thanintharyi Region to construct hotels, U Nyo Aye, director of the Hotels and Tourism Department in Tanintharyi, told The Myanmar Times. Owners of the six properties, on Kyun Philar, Barlar, Phoe Ni, Wa Lal, 115 and Bo Nat Kyaw islands, will […]