Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Bagan hoteliers fight back

“Limbo hoteliers in Bagan want justice, they say. They are complaining that shifts in the application of the law are preventing them from making a living. At a “forum for justice” convened at Gracious Bagan Hotel on May 14, representatives of the 42 hotels caught in the legal crossfire demanded the right to take in guests.

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Oman may be the anti-Dubai – and that’s a good thing

Although the Persian Gulf country is found just south of the famed emirate, it boasts no glittering skyscrapers. Instead, low whitewashed buildings skirt the coast of Oman's capital, Muscat, its sole tall edifices the colourful minarets of mosques. Five times a day, the call to prayer is broadcast from each – and there's not a supercar in sight.

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B&Bs open up Thandaunggyi to foreign visitors

For more than 100 years, Naw Hsergay’s family lived in the same colonial-style home, passing it down from generation to generation. And then last year they decided to throw open their doors to visitors.

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Ministry cracks down on illegal tourist guides

Unlicensed tour guides could end up behind bars for three years, the government has warned as it launches a crackdown against them. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says the illegal guides are undercutting trained and licensed guides and depriving them of income. Citing the recent landmine blast at Kyaukme, Shan State, in which two foreign trekkers and a local guide were injured, some experts say the lack of training could be dangerous.

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Community-based tourism takes on 100-day challenge

Tourism Minister U Ohn Maung has launched a 100-day program to boost community-based tourism in six destinations. The aim is to relieve pressure on overcrowded sites like Mandalay, Bagan and Shwedagon Pagoda, while bringing more benefits to local communities.

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Why being a vegetarian traveller is often so hard to swallow

In India, where I grew up, I was never considered vegetarian enough. I do not eat fish or meat, but I do eat eggs, which meant outing myself as a “non-vegetarian” when someone asked if I am “pure veg”. But over three decades of being vegetarian, I have learned the hard way that there is no universal definition of what a vegetarian is.

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Havana rising: the millennials pushing Cuba forward

Forget trying to see Cuba before it changes: The change is going on right now. From designers to tattooists, musicians to app designers, meet the young Habaneros changing the face of their city

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