Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Singapore: The most meticulously planned city in the world

Lee Kuan Yew’s vice-like grip on power helped create a byword for cleanliness, efficiency and safety. What lies beneath this ‘Disneyland with the death penalty’?

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Trashing Kyaikhtiyo

Piles of garbage can turn even the most sacred place into an ugly mess

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Passport problems

Khin Myat can’t contain her excitement. The aspiring travel writer seems to have limitless ambition when listing the countries she hopes to visit. There’s only one problem – as a Myanmar citizen, Ma Khin Myat holds one of the most restricting passports on the planet.

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Wining and dining in Aythaya

Nondescript hillside high in the Shan mountains was once a most unlikely place to find a litter of golden retriever puppies – or a German wine genius or a quickly growing vineyard.

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Kayin State’s cheerful capital: A weekend in and around Hpa-an

Whether it be a weekend excursion from Yangon or just another stop on a bigger backpacking adventure, Hpa-an is a lovely self-contained destination that will not disappoint.

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Unlicensed tour operators in crosshairs

Travel companies offering packages to foreign countries without a license will face legal action, ministry says

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Chiang Mai: The best things to see and do in the less hectic city

With long, leafy boulevards, Chiang Mai presents an alluring alternative to the Thai capital, Bangkok. Instead of traffic-choked urban sprawl, travellers find a picturesque downtown easily navigated on foot, where the air is clean and the climate mercifully cool. Here's our guide of what to see and do in Thailand's less hectic destination.

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What’s the least useful passport?

A recently updated index from Henley & Partners – a London-based consulting firm that specialises in citizenship services – ranking 104 of the world’s passports put Germany on top and Afghanistan on the bottom – with Myanmar at #95.

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