The future of Bagan’s “limbo hotels” hangs on Mandalay Region MPs. They are expected to recommend changes to a 1998 law so as to clarify the status of the hotels, some of which are still under construction. Local villagers are also complaining they have been caught in the legal crossfire.
Since the first successful ascent of Mount Everest more than 60 years ago, the Himalayas have become far more accessible to walkers. We round up this amazing region’s best treks, across Nepal, India, Pakistan, Tibet and Myanmar.
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.
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.
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.
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.