It the beginning of last year, Yangon had around 250 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor. Today the number has more than doubled, yet upwards of 100 of those – largely those offering regional or Western cuisine – have shuttered permanently. As a man with a highly refined palate, and as a veteran of both gastroenteritis and dysentery, I have a few thoughts as to why Yangon’s crap restaurant boom/bust cycle will continue for some years to come.
The going was tough when Mark McDowell became Canada’s first resident ambassador to Myanmar in 2013. “We started by working out of two converted changing rooms in the British embassy,” he said. “The British were very nice to give us those changing rooms, but it was pretty grim.” Before McDowell’s three-year tenure comes to an end today, he spoke with The Myanmar Times about his time since these modest beginnings.
If there is an upside to experiencing a persistent ache in my shoulders and neck, probably from using the phone and the computer in the wrong way, then it’s that I have become something of an expert in massage. Not in giving it, but receiving it. Luckily, there are many options here in Yangon. I tried some of the most popular.
By the time she moved to Yangon at the age of seven, Soe Yu Nwe had already called three places home. Now an emerging ceramic artist, the 27-year-old is returning to Myanmar eager to establish herself and open a studio.