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Glamping arrives in Mergui Archipelago

It’s a case of ‘take only photos and memories, leave only footprints’ at the newest five-star resort in the remote Mergui Archipelago, off the coast of southern Myanmar and Thailand. With its opening listed as among the most highly anticipated by luxury lifestyle Robb Report and Luxury Travel magazine, Awei Pila (aweipila.com) received its first […]

Mandalay’s challenging road to becoming a smart city

At the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore in April, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for an ASEAN Smart Cities Network to assist smart and sustainable development in 26 cities in ASEAN. Earlier this month, a list of the 10 most promising cities among the 26 was highlighted by Cristina Lago, online editor of […]

Yangon Aerodrome Company announces new milestones and upgrades for Yangon International Airport

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years. At a media briefing today to announce the five […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Bangkok Airways to fly direct between Yangon and Phuket

Thailand’s Bangkok Airways will start direct flights between Yangon and Phuket starting on November 17, Varong Israsena, the Bangkok-based regional airline vice president of sales told The Myanmar Times in Yangon. State-owned Myanmar National Airlines started operating a direct flight between Yangon and Phuket a month ago. “MNA sees the potential and increase in traffic […]

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 […]

Airline links Yangon and Phuket

Myanmar National Airlines has opened bookings for a new service linking Yangon with Phuket a popular holiday island in South Thailand. Heading for a 25 March launch and bookable now for flights through to the end of the year, the airline will use an 100-seat Embraer E190 aircraft for the new service. According to Airlineroute’s […]

Singaporeans Lap up Novel Shorthaul Destinations in Year of the Dog

Singaporean travellers are taking advantage of the Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays to explore lesser-known destinations, observed travel agents. Bookings for travel during CNY, which falls on February 16 and 17 this year, rose for shorthaul locations that offer adventure and scenic activities. “We do see an increasing interest to explore ‘new’ destinations such as […]

Myanmar workers may gain from Thai basic wage hike

The Thai tripartite committee, which includes employers, workers and government representatives in Thailand decided on January 17 to add from 5 to 22 baht to the minimum wage, according to the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) Thursday. “Thailand has no due date for raising salaries. It used to raise wages to reflect the current commodity […]

Genting launches pioneering cruise to Myanmar island

Genting Cruise Lines is pioneering cruise journeys to a private island in the south of Myanmar in partnership with local resort operator, Tint Tint Myanmar Group. The SuperStar Libra made its inaugural arrival at Mac Leod Island on November 3 as part of its latest four-night roundtrip cruise itineraries, which also stop at Kuala Lumpur, […]