Friday, February 12, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Nope to dope: Thai museum strikes blow against opium trade

They sat hunched motionless in the corner or sprawled on a mattress, eyes closed or gazing dully at nothingness. The Chinese dope fiends, emaciated, listless, abandoned – mannequins in Thailand's new Hall of Opium, a Golden triangle theme park in Chiang Rai. 

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An insider’s cultural guide to Thiruvananthapuram

There's much more to this south Indian city than the beach – Kerala’s capital boasts mermaid sculptures, monsoon watching and comedy about corruption.

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Old Bagan’s unusual vibe: temples of rock?

A pina colada in my hand, Orwell’s Burmese Days resting open on one knee, I gaze out toward the low ridge on the opposite bank of the Ayeyarwady River as the sun sets over Bagan. Birds chirp, riverboat engines hum. Curiously the scene, almost stolen from Kipling, has its own live soundtrack heartily provided by Iron Cross – a rock band.

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Tropical retreat: surfing and yoga in Sri Lanka

Lush tropical scenery, healthy but delicious food, gorgeous beaches  and relaxing-yet-challenging activities make for the perfect island retreat

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S Korea set to help boost tourism sector

Myanmar tourism is to receive a boost from South Korea. Tourism officials from the two governments are in discussions over how to attract more visitors to Myanmar, as arrival figures for 2015 fell short of the 5 million target set by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

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Sunset viewing hill proposed to ease load on Bagan temples

A new sunset viewpoint may be built in Bagan in an effort to relieve the strain on the ancient city’s temples.

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Steam train service nears end of line

Myanmar's short-lived steam train revival is already running out of puff. A weekly service for tourists was launched in Bagan in December 2014, but low demand forced the company behind the endeavour to switch to a charter service.

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Bagan tourism set to soar under new govt

Foreign visitors to the ancient city of Bagan could double by 2018, thanks in part to a smooth election and Myanmar’s improved international reputation, industry sources say.

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From hobbit holes to high wires: a whirlwind tour of New Zealand

Want to check a few more items off your bucket list in 2016? Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a literary buff, a week in New Zealand is all you need

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B&B solution proposed for Bagan hotels

Some “limbo hotels” may get licences if international experts and government officials agree, the hotels ministry says. Owners of more than 40 hotels in the Bagan cultural protection zone, some of them still under construction, are waiting to find out if they will receive permission to operate.

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