Saturday, July 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Travel agencies leaving Myanmar ‘tourists’ overseas to be punished

Travel agencies will face blacklisting if they allow any of their customers to stay behind overseas when their vacation is over, the government has warned. U Myo Win Nyunt, director of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times last week that it will take legal action against tour companies that facilitate the travel of illegal workers overseas.

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Around the world in 20 days

Two reporters go on a 21,623-mile journey.

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Diving into Indawgyi

Gold, dragons and floating pagodas in Kachin State.

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Foreign tour companies shun local guides

Forgein tour companies are cutting out local tour guides, and some in the Myanmar tourism community are calling for restrictions.

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E-licences to be issued for tourism industry

From July 1, the government will begin offering online registration for the tourism industry. Hotels, tour companies, guides and tourist transportation businesses can obtain an e-licence, which the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism hopes will expedite approvals and encourage prospective entrants to the fast-growing industry.

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Poor renovation work decried as blighting Bagan’s ancient heritage

More than 600 ancient pagodas in Bagan have been ruined by botched renovation work, an architect has claimed. U Sun Oo, a member of the Bagan Management Plan Organising Committee, laid blame for the destruction on the practice of putting out complex and sensitive repair work to tender.

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Can electric jeepneys ease Manila’s traffic crisis?

To solve its traffic woes, Yangon could look to the Philippine capital, where some pin their hopes on new road projects, some push rapid bus transit, and some think electric vehicles could be part of the solution.

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Vipassana, silence and spiders: My exhausting meditation retreat

I went to New Zealand to break my brain and put it back together. Having never meditated before, I had no idea what I was in for.

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Border crossings opened to caravan tours

Myanmar is opening its borders to international caravaners, the government has announced. Procedures for entering the country by road have been simplified and abbreviated, allowing many travellers to pass within a day or so.

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A getaway to Asia’s World City

From the lower deck of the Star Ferry, Hong Kong Island looks like something out of a movie. Of course, “Asia’s World City” is too big to see everything in one short visit, but you can make the most of a quick 2-day getaway by staying in Kawloon, the mainland peninsula across the harbour. Here's our guide:

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