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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 […]

Night markets seen to boost Yangon tourism

Plans have been put forward to make Yangon, already one of the most-visited destinations in Myanmar, even more attractive to tourists. Among the ideas brought up during a meeting last week between the regional government and business organisations in the travel industry, was the proposal that more Sunday markets and night markets be set up […]

Container truck drivers stage protest on Strand Road

Container truck drivers staged a protest along Strand Road in Kyimyindine Township, Yangon, at about 8 pm on Wednesday causing a massive traffic blockage. The protest came after traffic police stopped some container trucks from using the road beyond prescribed period. Container trucks are officially allowed to go along the road from 9 pm to […]

Mandalay city to seize low-cost apartments flipped by owners

The Mandalay City Development Authority will seize apartments that have been resold and re-rented in low-cost housing buildings for squatters, a senior city official has said. U Kyaw San Myint, a member of the authority, said his office is compiling a list of people occupying the buildings on Strand Road west of Mandalay city. City […]

Yangon to tighten security during Thingyan Festival celebrations

Police will increase security during the Mahar Thingyan Festival to ensure the smooth celebration of the event, the Mahar Thingyan Festival Security and Regulation Committee said. “We will improve the security; it will be better than in previous years. In addition to crowded places, police will try to patrol around the business pavilions,” said Police […]

Street Vendors Moved to Night Market Again

Roadside shopkeepers have been ordered to move to the night market on the Strand Road starting from November 15, sources say. Since the opening of the night market over a year ago, the vendors in the Shwebontha Street in Pabedan Township were instructed to move when they could. The officials started moving the shops yesterday. […]

Beware what you eat!

Strand Road, Yangon comes alive at night with market stalls selling all sorts of food ranging from Chinese to local bites such as montdi, mohinga, ngaphee, bean curds, several salads and avariety of barbecues. However,customers have to be careful as some of these foods could contain formalin while salads may be dressed with sweetening agent. […]

Colliers Property Report: Yangon Upper-Scale Hotel Q2 2017

Creative Solutions Needed In a Challenging Market Landscape The sizeable rise in new supply is now taking a toll on Yangon’s upper-scale hotel market. Despite previous attempts to reduce ADRs, occupancy levels continue to trend downward. Colliers recommends developers to rethink with creative strategies and focus instead on enhancing the overall experiential value. Forecast at […]

YCDC to Take Action Against Wayward Street Vendors

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is taking action against street vendors who ply their trade in prohibited areas or streets and is mapping out a plan to ensure that trade will be carried out in a systematic manner. The announcement was made by regional Planning and Financing Minister U Myint Thaung at the Yangon Region Parliament session Since […]

Yangon Waterfront to be developed into Lifestyle Hub

​​ The Yangon Region government is planning a range of measures to make Yangon more livable, including developing the waterfront into public space and moving vendors onto quieter side streets and into planned ‘hawker centres’. U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Chief Minister, said last week that the government was planning to improve the Yangon river […]