The Myanmar Times
Monday, 31 August 2015
The Myanmar Times

2015’s best Asian adventures

Rivers and mountains, underwater worlds, and underground caves – add a touch of the exotic with these exciting active holidays in Asia

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Underground tourism booming in Japan

One step inside the former quarry site at the Oya History Museum in Utsunomiya, Japan, and you will feel as if you are exploring ancient ruins.

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Experts weigh in on the art of travelling light

Tired of the trolley? Back-ache from the baggage? Take these tips from those who get around without getting bogged down

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Timor-Leste: traveling in a land without tourists

A road-trip around the western side of Timor-Leste, one of the world’s newest nations

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Sandankyo Gorge echoes with birdsong

Driving toward my destination in the mountains, I turned down the car stereo to listen to the sounds of birds singing all around. I was headed to Sandankyo Gorge, a scenic spot in Akiota, Japan. The beautiful 16-kilometre ravine, part of Nishi Chugoku Sanchi Quasi National Park, was awarded three stars by the major French travel book series Blue Guide in February.

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Lombok bids to attract tourists – but keep the island green

Last week academics from around the world descended on Lombok, the Indonesian island known for palm-fringed and coral-ringed beaches and world-class surf, for the International Geographical Union conference on sustainable tourism.

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Mong La: Myanmar's Sin City

I watch as the immigration official carefully stamps my entry permit with seven different rubber stamps. “Do you have passport copy?” he asks, as he seals my passport away in a not-very-secure-looking drawer.

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Airline launches Thai beach packages

Bangkok Airways has introduced “Fly me to the Beach,” a two-night, three-day package for Myanmar travellers wishing to go to Phuket and Krabi from Yangon or Mandalay.

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Tourism takes off in Bangladesh

"Come before the tourists visit” is the old Bangladesh tourist board slogan that had caught my eye and partially inspired my trip. Two days after arriving in the country, I unexpectedly meet the woman who came up with it. I’m at Wilderness, a resort in the north-eastern region of Sylhet, where the majority of British-Bangladeshis hail. It’s owned by Nazim Choudhury, whose glamorous wife, Geeteara, now runs her own advertising company.

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Tourism to Iran set to rise sharply after nuclear deal

Iran , host to many unique cultural treasures largely unseen by Western eyes, is expecting a significant rise in the number of tourists visiting the country in the wake of last week’s historic nuclear deal.

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