Maha Myat Muni Pagoda to charge foreigners K5000

Foreign visitors to Mandalay’s Maha Myat Muni Pagoda will be charged K5000 (US$3.25) each starting on July 1, according to the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. The pagoda, which has had free admission until now, will use the entrance fee for maintenance and conservation, the group said. It is one of Mandalay’s most popular tourist destinations, […]

Bagan to start using e-ticket entrance fee system Monday

The government will begin collecting entrance fees to the ancient Bagan heritage zone using an e-ticket system starting on Monday, according to the Bagan Archaeology and National Museum Department. The new system is being installed by Shin Than Thu Co Ltd, a public company that won the tender earlier this month, U Aung Aung Kyaw, […]

Number of days for tourist visits to Bagan cut

The number of days that tourists can spend in Bagan’s ancient cultural zone has been reduced from five to three starting this month, said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director general of the Department of Archaeology and National Museums, on Sunday. “We feel the new number of the days is enough for a trip. Three days […]

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 […]

Tour operators, timber company see bright future for elephant tourism

The government-run Myanma Timber Enterprise had earned about K430 million (US$325,535) since it began operating 18 elephant conservation-based tourism camps around the country two years ago. The government has banned timber extraction for a period of one year for the whole country and for 10 years in Bago Yoma Hills in central Myanmar, effective from […]

PyinOoLwin Flower Festival to be held on 1st December

An expanded PyinOoLwin Flower Festival will be held at the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden in PyinOo Lwin beginning 1st December. “The flower festival has been held annually in Pyin Oo Lwin for about a two-week period for the last 11 years. This year, however, the flower festival will be held from 1st December to the […]

Businesses Bid for Tourist Exploitation of Historic Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Division’s government said it is privatizing the tourist exploitation of the historic Mandalay Palace complex, the abode of Burma’s last kings, the Konbaung Dynasty. In August, several firms were invited to submit a tender to manage commercial exploitation and ticket sales at the famed Mandalay Palace complex, said Nyo Myint Tun, a supervisor of […]