Yangon Hot Air Balloon – View from Above

A flight on Yangon’s latest tourist attraction Irarely have the opportunity to a look at Yangon from 220 feet high. Most of the time, as a pedestrian, I look up. At Shwedagon, at Traders Hotel, at Sakura Tower. But recently, for the first time, I saw my city from above. Enter Mingalarbar Balloon, one of […]

Yangon to Boost Revenue by Taxing for-Profit Pandals

​​ Despite a government ban on for-profit pandals in public areas, the Yangon Region government will allow them in private areas during Thingyan, or water festival, according to Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein on March 24. “We’ve received applications to hold entertainment pandals at The One Entertainment [in Thuwunna township], People’s park and […]

Broadband Company to Expand Free Public Wi-Fi Network to 50 Areas of Yangon

Internet service pro­vider 5BB Broadband is planning to expand the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Yangon, aim­ing for 50 access points by the end of February. 5BB has already set up 30 access points at restau­rants, pagodas, railway stations, universities and parks around Yangon. In February, they will ex­tend that to 50 hotspots, said […]

MP Says Be Will Wontinue to Observe Balloon Project Proposed in Yangon

Yangon – MP Hla Htay of No.1 Mingalar Taungnyunt Constituency said he will continue to observe a helium balloon project which is likely to move to another location in Yangon, according to the company which proposed to implement the project in the compound of the old aquarium in Kandawgyi Park. The proposal garnered widespread criticism […]

Kandawgyi Park helium balloon project garners objections

A ballooning plan to provide tourists with a bird’s-eye view of Kandawgyi Park may yet be deflated by lawmakers trying to jettison the proposal. Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Company said it has already secured permission to launch a helium balloon venture above Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake. The chair of the company said the plan will help […]

Pills, terrorism concern water festival police

Police are cracking down on sex, drugs and terrorism in advance of this year’s Thingyan festivities. Revellers planning on a bacchus may have to dampen their expectations as police plan to seize what they call “sex arousal” pills and will also be raiding guesthouses and hotels during the celebration. The authorities warn that unknown side […]