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2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge ready for Tuesday opening

TAK: Prepareations have been underway for the opening of the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge linking Thailand’s Mae Sot district and Myanmar’s brder city of Myawaddy on Tuesday. Therdkiat Chinsoranand, the mayor of Nakhon Mae Sot Municipality, on Sunday inspected the preparations. The construction of the bridge, spanning the Moei River between Ban Wang Takhian in […]

Myawaddy tourism industry affects due to high rise in fuel prices

Myawaddy- As US dollar price increases, Thai’s Baht had also increased. As a consequence, fuels imported from Thailand were costing higher compare to last month which in turn affected the tourism industry in Myawaddy. Motor vehicles in Myawaddy-Hpa An, Myawaddy-Mawlamyaing and vehicles in entire Myanmar faced difficulties due to soaring fuel prices. “Even though fuel […]

Arrival and departure cards cancelled

Visitors will no longer need to fill in the Arrival and Departure cards at the Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. The measure will start September 12, according to the statement made by the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population. The cancellation is an effort to promote tourism and draw more foreigners to […]

Myanmar opens visa-on-arrival door

YANGON, 31 July 2018: Myanmar confirmed late last week it would ease visa procedures for three nationalities 1 October. Tourism officials quoted government sources saying tourists from Japan, South Korea and China would be granted a visa-on-arrival for up to 28 days. Details were sketchy with none of the official websites for the Hotels and […]

Chinese, Japanese, S. Koreans to Get Visas on Arrival from October

YANGON—Amid declining tourists numbers during the first half of the year, the government on Tuesday announced a plan to ease visa requirements for Japanese, South Korean and Chinese citizens effective Oct. 1. According to the Hotel and Tourism Ministry, citizens of Japan, South Korea and China will be able to request visas on arrival at […]

Myanmar developer Dagon adds more agribusiness to its diet

YANGON — Dagon International will develop an industrial park here dedicated to food processing, the Myanmar conglomerate’s leaders told Nikkei on Thursday, tapping agribusiness in an effort to diversify beyond the core real estate segment. “In Myanmar, food factories are located in so many places lacking in internationally acceptable hygiene standards,” Chairman Win Aung said […]

Kayin State opens tender for Hpa-an mall

The Kayin State government is calling tenders for building the first shopping mall in the state capital of Hpa-an, a senior planning official said. U Than Naing, minister of the municipality as well as of the planning and finance departments of the state government, said the project was planned to be built within a two-and-a-half-year […]

Myanmar’s not-so-underground casinos in line for legalization

MYAWADDY, Myanmar — Casinos are banned in Myanmar, but you would not know that by looking at the ones in the country’s border areas. In the eastern town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, the gaming houses light up the night like their counterparts in Macau or Las Vegas, though they are smaller. Little […]

Army Shutters Myawaddy Checkpoint in Clampdown on Auto Smuggling

Two Border Guard Force (BGF) soldiers refused The Irrawaddy permission to approach a border crossing between Myawaddy and Mae Sot, Thailand on foot on Monday, saying the area was closed. The closure reportedly followed efforts by the army to clamp down on vehicle smuggling across the Thai border. According to Kyaw Than, an automobile trader […]

KBank in border staff swap with Myanmar lender

KASIKORNBANK (KBank) is joining with Myanmar’s biggest lender, Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), on a staff exchange programme for the border cities of Mae Sot and Myawaddy. The initiative is part of efforts to boost trade across the border. The focus is on import-export settlements via banking system and promotion of cross-border funds transfer via the […]