Majority of Myanmar safe to visit: tourism specialists

Travellers are being urged not to give up on Myanmar amid ongoing violent clashes in northern Rakhine State, even as travel advisories are being issued and some cancellations are already being recorded. The anxious trade is sending out a ‘Myanmar is safe’ message. The mounting conflict has led to several travel warnings against visiting Rakhine […]

Myanmar, Cambodia form pact to push Angkor-Bagan packages

The tourism ministries of Myanmar and Cambodia are drawing up a joint action plan to market packages that combine both destinations. A campaign with the “two countries, one destination” slogan will be rolled out, incorporating a series of heritage-focused tourism packages that include Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Further details on […]

Myanmar Strikes While Visa-Free Iron is Hot

With visa exemption between Myanmar and Singapore coming into effect from December 1, Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) held the destination’s first B2B roadshow in Singapore last Friday, intent on casting a wider net in the city-state. Myanmar’s minister of hotel and tourism Ohn Maung said: “I expect a 35 per cent increase in Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar, […]

Earthquake highlights need for rigorous protection of Bagan temples

BAGAN’s famed pagodas appear to be the greatest casualty in the tourism sector after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck central Myanmar on Wednesday. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit near Chauk, a town 120km from Bagan. At least three people were killed and some 185 brick pagodas were damaged, the state newspaper […]

Threatened treasures

Smart urban policy planning with an eye on preserving Yangon’s colonial-era and heritage buildings will determine the city’s future – and tourism appeal, writes Xinyi Liang-Pholsena In a region that has lost much of its architectural heritage, Yangon stands out for its intact colonial core, due to years of neglect and stagnancy under the military […]

Overland visits to Myanmar on the rise

MORE visitors to Myanmar are entering by land crossings, according to the country’s travel authorities. According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, about two million out of three million visitors entered the country through border gateways in 2014, as compared to 465,000 in 2012. In line with economic and political reforms, Myanmar began allowing […]

Mrauk U, Loikaw among new destinations in Myanmar

MYANMAR is witnessing the emergence of new tourism destinations as tour operators strive to cater to visitors looking for experiences beyond the Big Four of Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake and Mandalay. Khiri Travel, for example, will offer from October a new tour linking Bagan and Mrauk U. Located in the restive Rakhine State, Mrauk U […]

Myanmar: Investors beware

Myanmar has become one of the region’s most coveted destinations over the past few years since international sanctions against the country were lifted in response to political reforms. International air arrivals through Yangon International Airport reached a historic high of 550,654 in 2012, only for the figure to be topped within the first five months […]

Raining beer in Myanmar!

A Myanmar travel group is offering free beer if it rains during their tour package from now till 30 September 2013. Khiri Travel Myanmar will give guests on upcountry trips in Myanmar free beer on each day that it rains for more than 10 minutes during the day. This offer is valid from now until […]