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Ushering in a new era for bamboo buildings

Easily obtainable from the jungle, bamboo has many uses, for household goods, roofs, walls and shelters dating back to ancient history. As a building material, it is affordable even for the poor. Enter Ko Soe Win Zaw, a civil engineer born in Shan State, who is using bamboo to construct buildings for the rich. The […]

New Tanintharyi Chief Minister Pledges to Tackle Power, Land Issues New

The new Tanintharyi Region chief minister has vowed to address power shortages and land disputes in the region. As he took the oath of office as the region’s new chief minister on Monday, U Myint Maung promised “to return to local farmers the farmland that private companies have left idle, for the development of the […]

The time is now: Why you should see Southern Myanmar’s seldom-visited beaches and trading towns

The recent opening up of southern Myanmar means intrepid travelers can now venture south, where quaint trading towns are untouched by tourism and sandy beaches are local secrets, as Keith Lyons discovers. For most visitors to Myanmar, a day or overnight trip to Kyaiktyo, better known as Golden Rock, is as far south as they […]

Tanintharyi Chief Minister Arrested on Bribery, Corruption Charges

Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw was arrested on bribery and corruption charges in Dawei on Sunday, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). ACC spokesperson U Kyaw Soe confirmed to The Irrawaddy that the chief minister has been detained at Dawei Myoma Police Station, together with Global Grand Services (GGS) Managing Director U […]

Tanintharyi Residents Call on Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Address Corruption Concerns

Residents of a coastal town in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region demanded Wednesday that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi take action against their government over complaints about corruption and poor administration by removing the chief minister and the minister of planning and finance. During a three-day visit to the far-flung region, people at a gathering […]

Myeik Tour Companies Accused Of Failing To Take Responsibility After Deadly Boat Accident

The speedboat sliced across a calm, glimmering sea late last month around three hours after leaving the jetty at the emerging tourist destination of Myeik, southeastern Myanmar. It was a picture of paradise, complete with an azure sky, that tour operators hope will draw more local and international travellers in the coming years despite recent […]

Tapping the tourism potential of the Myeik Archipelago

A comprehensive plan is urgently needed to encourage and guide tourism development in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos. Since October 1, Myanmar and foreign travellers have been permitted to visit pearl farms in the vast and spectacularly beautiful Myeik Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean off southern Tanintharyi Region. The opening of a key […]

A Close-Up Look at Mergui Archipelago’s Nascent Eco-Tourism Industry

With its pristine natural islands and Moken “sea gypsy” tribes—whose way of life is rapidly disappearing—the Mergui Archipelago has long held a special fascination as a travel destination for outsiders. Myeik town itself is famous for its pearl shops, edible-nest swiftlet, fish, shrimp and crab farms, as well its British colonial-era structures. A walk around […]

Boat Builder Floats New Business to Tap Island Tourism Boom

With tourism booming in southern Myanmar, residents of Myeik in Tannitharyi Region are finding ways to benefit by filling niches in the industry. Ko Thein Zaw Min, managing director of Mergui Dolphins, one of 40 tour companies in the area, has found a way to do this by opening a boat-making workshop. The number of […]

Myanmar, Thai universities to ink MoU for cooperation Posted

The universities of Myanmar and Thailand plan to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the education sector very soon, according to Myeik University. Myanmar’s Myeik University and Thailand’s Phetchaburi Rajabhat University will ink the MoU during the last week of January and the first week of February, 2019. The MoU will include […]