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 […]

Ministry invites tender for hotel privatisation

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has invited an open tender to privatise hotels in Mrauk U, Rakhine State, and in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, on April 25. The ministry said the Mruak U Hotel, which has 24 rooms and is built on a 5.54-acre plot, and the Gandama Myaing Hotel, which has five […]

Pyin Oo Lwin – property scam

A crooked real-estate agent who reportedly resold the same land to several different buyers could have made off with hundreds of millions of kyat, say those who were cheated in the scam. The victims of the fraudulent transactions have been meeting to try to resolve the issue. The fraud occurred in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay […]

Thanakha: Scent of a nation

Since ancient times, Myanmar people have been rubbing thanakha paste on their faces as an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. The yellow facial cream produced from ground thanakha bark is a much-touted beauty secret deeply ingrained in the Myanmar culture. Men also wear it quite unconsciously. Thanakha trees can be found in places […]

Myanmar to establish new ICT zone in eastern Yangon

YANGON, April 21 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is planning to establish a new information and communication technology (ICT) zone in Thanlyin, eastern Yangon, to boost development of ICT in the country, local media reported Tuesday. Over 120 hectares of land plot have been designated for the new ICT zone and tender for developing the zone has […]

Ministry to Operate Charter Train for Tourists on Goteik Bridge

The Ministry of Railway will start operating a charter train specifically aimed at foreign tourists who want to pass over the famous Goteik Bridge in Northern Shan state. The tourist route will be only 6 miles (10 kilometers) long, running from Naung Cho station (also spelled Nawng Hkio) to Naung Pain Station, and the train […]