State Counselor’s Tourism Plan Promising but Hard to Implement

While giving State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi high marks for her strategies to reform the tourism sector, tour operators point out that conditions on the ground make her suggestions hard to implement. Speaking at a National Tourism Industry Development Central Committee meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put forward […]

Smog blowing in from Myanmar affects air quality in the North Thailand

The alarming development came as a report by Thai Civil Rights and Investigative Journalism (TCIJ) revealed that the dense hotspots in Shan State, Myanmar, are associated with Thai corporate investment in maize plantations. Despite the strict regulations and law enforcement to ban burns during the current dry season in the North, it is expected that […]

Govt mulls B4.5bn loan for Myanmar

Thailand is considering granting a 4.5-billion-baht loan to Myanmar to fund an infrastructure development project including the planned construction of a 132-km long road to stretch from the Thai-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi to the Dawei special economic zone in the neighbouring country. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith revealed this on Tuesday, saying the loan request was […]

Prayut: Myanmar ready for return of refugees

Myanmar refugees eagerly await the arrival of Aung San Suu Kyi at Mae La refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak’s Thasongyang district in June 2012. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expects to discuss their repatriation with her during her June 23-25 visit. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu) The Myanmar government will accept refugees wanting to […]