Pearl islands in Myanmar’s southern region to open for visitors

Some 15 islands in Myeik and Kawthoung, Myanmar’s southern coastal Tanintharyi region where pearl farms are located, will be open to visitors in October, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The 15 islands accommodate a state-owned and 11 private pearl farms. Tourist vessels are not allowed to enter into the pearl farming […]

Myeik archipelago pearl farms to welcome tourists in October

Local and foreign tourists can start visiting pearl farms in Tanintharyi Region in October as part of a tourism-promotion programme, according to the Myanmar Tourism Federation. Pearl farms in the Myeik archipelago are not normally open to the public, but tourism operators convinced government officials to allow tourists to visit them, U Myo Win Than, […]

Experts object to firms’ plans to mine sand in Tanintharyi Region

A local company plans to extract 5 million cubic metres of sand over five years in sensitive coastal areas in Tanintharyi Region without legally-required environmental assessments. Experts warn that the proposed sand mining will be highly damaging to a nearby pearl farm, biodiversity and fisheries and livelihoods of local communities. The issue highlights some of […]

Myanmar mulls easing visas

YANGON : Myanmar will soon announce visa-free travel for Japanese and Korean national as well as visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens at specified airports. Myanmar Tourism Marketing chairperson, May Myat Mon Win, confirmed to TTR Weekly, Wednesday, that new visa privileges were in the pipeline. There have been no official announcements by the country’s Ministry of […]

Kawthaung islands attracts more foreign visitors

Islands in Kawthaung such as Kyat Mauk Island, 115 miles island and Nyaung Oo Phee island famous for diving and adventure trips attract more and more foreign visitors each year. Last year, over 300,000 international tourists visited Myeik archipelago and brought in Ks.63.3 million according to assistant director of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (Kawthaung). […]

Collier Property Report – NGWE SAUNG HOTEL & RESORT 2017

Mid-scale Hotels Dominated the Market It was not until the easing of sanctions in 2011 that the pristine coastline of Ngwe Saung gained traction from both domestic and foreign travellers. Ngwe Saung remains an attractive holiday spot for most locals, especially families based in Yangon. Demand appears to be positive with year-round hotel occupancy and […]

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 […]

Six properties in Myeik get greenlight to build hotels

The Myanmar Investment Commission has given permission to six properties in Myeik archipelago in Thanintharyi Region to construct hotels, U Nyo Aye, director of the Hotels and Tourism Department in Tanintharyi, told The Myanmar Times. Owners of the six properties, on Kyun Philar, Barlar, Phoe Ni, Wa Lal, 115 and Bo Nat Kyaw islands, will […]

Are tropical islands in Myanmar Asia’s last untouched paradise?

Lack of infrastructure has protected the Myeik Archipelago in the Andaman Sea from the ravages of tourism, but for how much longer? Picture 800 or so islands surrounded by beaches of white sand and backed by lush green forest, rising out of a translucent, turquoise sea on which fishing boats and a handful of yachts […]

Myeik Archipelago plans to culture golden pearls as commercial scale

MYEIK- Plans are underway to produce golden pearls which are very popular among the international countries, in Myeik Archipelago, Taninthayi Region. Moreover, the 6th Pearl Expo will be held in Hong Kong from February 23rd to 25th. Myanmar Pearl Production and companies from home and abroad are now culturing the pearls which were keen on […]