Bagan residents want more. Outraged at the disclosure that only 2 percent of the takings from the entrance fees paid by tourists goes toward the upkeep of the ancient religious buildings that constitute one of the country’s premier tourist sites, they are taking up the matter with the incoming government.
Wherever you go in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, the food is outstanding, says novellist Deepti Kapoor, who shares her favourite street stalls, markets, and must-try barbecue, curry and noodle dishes
The view was stunning: From the summit at 5150 metres (16,895 feet) above sea level, snow-capped peaks could be seen in all directions, dazzling against a deep blue sky. Looking north, there were Hkakaborazi and Gamlangrazi, Southeast Asia’s highest mountains, and among the most beautiful and remote pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of Myanmar.
An unholy row has broken out between two government ministries over allegations of disrespect for Bagan’s ancient pagodas. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has hit out at the abrupt ban announced by the Ministry of Culture on the practice of climbing on the sacred buildings to catch a view of the sunset.