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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 […]

Cruise the remote islands of Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago like a Bond villain

“It would have been amazing to have been here 30 years ago.” It’s the classic traveller’s refrain, typically uttered as said traveller looks wistfully across a crowded beach and fends off touts peddling cheap suits, sarongs and hair braids. But a new cruise off the far south coast of Myanmar in a classic 1960s motor […]

Push to lure more luxury tourists to Myanmar

MYANMAR’S public and private sectors must join forces to turn the country into a popular destination for high-end travellers, as rich cultural and natural resources could boost tourism income from just 5 per cent of gross domestic product at present, industry figures have said. Panellists at the Hospitality and Tourism Conference Myanmar last week agreed […]

Local company proposes lease of Coco Islands for Island Resort

A local company has submitted a proposal to government to lease out the Coco Islands for fifty years according to an official from the Yangon Regional Government. Located in the northeastern Indian Ocean, the Coco Islands is part of the Andaman archipelago and are abundant in natural resources which still remain unexploited. “A local company […]