The Road to Muse

Mandalay-Muse Road linking Mandalay, the second capital city of Myanmar, and Muse located on Myanmar-China border plays a pivotal role in border trade between the two countries. The road was once notorious for its poor condition coupled with the then thriving insurgency. But nowadays, the situation has changed a lot as the country is moving […]

Where in the world is Pyin Oo Lwin?

Philippines – I swear it could have been Baguio. Or I may have awakened from a dream and found myself in a place very familiar, with strawberry jam being sold by the roadside and coffee trees shaded by tall pines and trees which looked a little foreign yet familiar. You would think Baguio, correct? Well, […]

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 […]

Coffee: You’re Making it All Wrong

​​ Weekend learns the art – and the science – of making the perfect cup of coffee. Despite an unrelenting stream of coffee shop openings over the past year or so, it is still surprisingly difficult to find a decent cup of coffee in Myanmar – unless, of course, your idea of decent is three-in-one. Buying […]

High-end bamboo products to be made in mid 2017

With an aim to export high-end products of bamboo to foreign countries, bamboo furniture orders will be accepted in mid 2017, according to the Myanmar Bamboo Growers Association. Currently, the association cannot manage to manufacture ordered products due to a lack of ready to- use raw materials. The bamboo association is currently receiving furniture orders […]

What’s brewing? Myanmar’s growing coffee industry

In a country where a sachet of instant coffee costs just 50 kyats, how can you convince consumers to savor a cup of premium coffee for upwards of 2000 kyats? This is just one of the many hurdles that Myanmar’s coffee industry needs to overcome in order to develop in to a more profitable model. […]

Thahara Announces Entry into the Myanmar Online Travel Agency Market

YANGON, Myanmar, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Thahara, Myanmar’s pioneer in offering unique hotel and travel experiences, today announced its entry into Myanmar’s online travel agency market. The new Thahara arm is the first specialized boutique hotel online travel platform to solely focus on Myanmar. The Thahara platform is marketing a handpicked range of some […]

Myanmar’s coffee growers bank on specialty niche

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When Tin Win Win opened Fuji Coffee House and Restaurant in Yangon in 1996, she had to make special trips abroad to source quality coffee beans. “She used to hand carry back Brazilian and African beans and process them with a mini-roaster,” recalled her son, Thu Zaw, who now heads the family’s […]

Myanmar coffee set for sale in America

MYANMAR Special Arabica coffee cultivated in townships of Shan State and Pyin-Oo-Lwin in Mandalay Region will be first exported to America, according to the Myanmar Coffee Association (MCA). In April, a container load of coffee was exported to Switzerland, allowing the exporters to earn US$ 3,800-4,000 per tonne. Winrock International helped Myanmar coffee to meet […]

Japanese buyers put off by high prices of Myanmar coffee

AN appreciation in the value of coffee beans this year from Ywangan township, located in the Danu Self Administrative Region of Shan State, has put off Japanese buyers, according to the Mandalay Coffee Association (MCA). A ton of Ywangan coffee beans fetched $3,300 in 2015. But this month, which marks the end of the 2016 […]