International hotel chains open their doors in Myanmar

Since opening up the country, more tourists come and discover Myanmar and it is expected to grow even more. Therefore, more and more investors are seeing chances to begin their business here. That is why a lot of new hotels will open their doors as well in 2017. Since the new government, led by National […]

Luxury cruise to show ‘genuine Myanmar’

Capitalising on its iconic status, the Strand Hotel will diversified its business into the high-end cruise market next January. The hotel’s sister ship, the Strand Cruise, is still being built in Myanmar with an investment of US$10 million and will make its maiden voyage with pre-launch Christmas and New Year trips on the Ayeyawady before […]

The Strand Hotel to Launch Strand Cruise in Myanmar

The iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, has branched out to river cruising with the launch of a small ship, Strand Cruise. Built locally from scratch, the vessel will have 27 cabins with floor to ceiling Juliette balconies, a pool deck, sun deck for outdoor dining, a wellness centre, reflexology station, beauty parlour, and cocktail […]

Check out the counter-culture scene in Rangoon, Burma

From punk rock to modern art, Burma’s capital has enjoyed a creative boom since military rule was scaled down. Even the former spy chief now runs a gallery … Side Effect, one of Burma’s better known punk rock bands, practise in a dilapidated apartment block on a quiet Rangoon street. It’s a far cry from […]

British day out in Yangon

“See Bagan and live. See Angkor Wat and die,” says my guide Phaphophon Chantharawattanakul, quoting British historian Arnold Toynbee, as he leads me on a stroll through the streets of Old Yangon. “See Yangon and cry,” I retort, narrowly avoiding getting run over as we brave Yangon’s crazy traffic to reach Sule Pagoda. Founded and […]