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Riding around with worries

On a Sunday and public holidays, the streets in front of the Hlaing Tharyar council office buildings are quiet and empty. U Htay Hlaing, aged 63, sits on his motorbike waiting to give his passengers a ride back home. Last year he converted his motorbike into a trishaw, which he uses to ferry people around […]

Grassroots group fights Yangon motorbike ban

Arbitrary treatment from traffic police has inspired a campaign by a community group to have the motorbike ban in Yangon lifted, a move that has the support of some MPs. CCTV installer Ko Win Kyaw Maung feared his newly-bought motorbike would be impounded when a traffic policeman stopped him in Yangon’s North Dagon Township earlier […]

Mandalay’s Motorcycle Market is Clicking

The motorbike market in Myanmar’s second largest city Mandalay has picked up according to motorbikes shops. This is in contrast to Yangon, where riding motorbikes in the city is legal. “Motorbike sales are better than they were before. This is due, thanks in part, to installment payment programs, which most of the motorbike shops increasingly […]

2.0 launches ride-hailing app which includes bikes, boats and horse carts

2.0 Limited has launched a new transport mobile app in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw that could rival Grab’s taxi app. The new OK app, which launched earlier this month, offers both drivers and passengers more flexibility and options compared to the other taxi apps in Myanmar. ‘’We created this app with Myanmar citizens, […]

Over 90,000 Motorbikes Imported Through Border Trade in April

Myanmar import­ed 95,000 mo­torbikes from China through the Muse border gate, earning the government $30 million in import duty for April, state media has reported. Well-known Chinese motorcycle brands in­cluding Kenbo, Canda, Toyomax and Dayaung are mainly exported to lo­cal markets in Mandalay and other central regions. Demand for bikes is high in rural areas […]

Uber and Grab are bringing Southeast Asia’s taxi on-demand war to Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s ridesharing war is spreading to a new frontier after rivals Grab and Uber revealed plans to expand into Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Singapore-based Grab announced its launch in the country today, its first new market expansion in nearly three years, to take it to seven markets… but its U.S. rival […]

Tourism industry booming in Mandalay in December

Tourist arrivals have increased in Mandalay due partly to the addition of more Mandalay-Bangkok- Yangon flights and more direct flights between Mandalay and Hong Kong in December. Adding to the burgeoning popularity of central Myanmar is the allowance since September for foreign tourists to enter Myanmar through border entrances with an evisa, available online. Tourists […]