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How to be a good expat in Myanmar

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a country that has only recently started opening up to the world outside its own borders? ScandAsia has talked to four people living in Myanmar about the life in the mysterious country. Norwegian Astri Hole Fredriksen has her own travel agency in partnership […]

What Singapore and Yangon share: a dark colonial past, and existential angst about the future

Sometimes cities are planned down to every last corner, with neat grids and clearly divided zones. And sometimes a city’s future grows up organically around its past, history and aspiration tangling like vines at the heart of a rainforest. One sees all this from the ballroom of Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, nestled on the banks […]

Moon presents S. Korea-Myanmar partnership vision at Yangon business forum

On a visit to Myanmar’s largest city, South Korean President Moon Jae-in laid out his vision Wednesday for closer partnerships between the two nations, with a focus on revving up cooperation on infrastructure and culture as well as promoting people-to-people exchanges. He was addressing a business forum in Yangon, the economic hub of the Southeast […]

How to work with Burmese colleagues during your Myanmar relocation

Whilst Myanmar may not be every expat’s idea of paradise, for those committed to helping others as well as developing themselves it can be the journey of a lifetime. Recently opened up to foreigners after decades of isolation and dictatorial rule, Myanmar is now seeing expatriates arriving to work with NGOs as well as in […]

Yangon puts ‘girl power’ into green spaces

Hidden behind trees near a busy road in Yangon is a novel answer to two global hot-button issues: suffocating urbanization and sexual harassment. At one end of a newly-created park, a treehouse overlooks a wooden bridge, and at the other is a netted court where local boys play chinlone (caneball), Myanmar’s unofficial national sport. When […]

Explore Lion City’s Food and Arts at 3rd Singapore Festival

The third edition of the Singapore Festival will run from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 on Bogalay Zay Street in downtown Yangon, with many exciting new activities added this year. The three-day event organized by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) aims to allow Yangonites to experience the riches of Singapore’s culture through food, urban design, art, music […]

Myanmar considers MTF 2020 venues

NAKHON PHANOM, 3 July 2018: Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office’s executive director, Jens Thraenhart, is already floating ideas on where to host the forum in 2020. Myanmar has confirmed it will take up its option to host the Mekong Tourism Forum in May 2020. It will be Thraenhart’s last MTF as the office’s executive director. Talking […]

Still no Decision on Hotels in Bagan Zone

The government is yet to decide on what to do with the hotels in Bagan heritage zone, even as the UNESCO has been suggesting their relocation since 2013. “UNESCO suggested the transfer of the hotels and buildings in heritage zone to other places since 2013, but no action has been taken yet,” UNESCO’s national project officer […]

Myanmar Strategic Holdings plans further Myanmar expansion with London Stock Exchange float

A company making its debut on the London Stock Exchange today has said it is targeting expansion in Myanmar’s fast-growing consumer sector. Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH) is aiming to raise $4.3m (£3.3m) on its admission to the London market which it has announced today, as it targets growing its portfolio to 20 locations in the […]

Nationalist Protesters do not Represent Majority: Government

The government has announced that the protesting monks in Yangon and Mandalay represent neither the majority of the Sangha mass nor the people’s wishes. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture released the statement on August 3 concerning the week-long protest of about 100 nationalists including some monks against the government, alleging those in power […]