Wednesday, June 01, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Bagan locals seek bigger slice of entrance fee for pagoda preservation

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.

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Blink and you’ll miss it

Three weeks is not enough to capture fast-changing China, finds Mark Gail

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Kayah State the focus at world travel fair

One of Myanmar’s least-developed regions will today be promoted as Myanmar’s new showpiece destination at a major global travel show.

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Entrance fees bypass Bagan temples

Where does the money from Bagan entrance fees go? Well, now we know – and just 2 percent is being put toward preserving the ancient city’s monuments.

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Chiang Mai food paradise: ‘The best I’ve ever eaten’

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

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Post-election boost not panning out for tourism

A hoped-for election dividend has not paid off, at least not so far, for Myanmar’s tourism industry.

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Pa-O see future in promoting treks, homestays

A community tourism initiative near Inle Lake could potentially provide an alternative income to opium farmers, relieving them of persecution for growing illegal crops.

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Little Tibet in Myanmar

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.

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Ministry backflips on Bagan pagoda ban

The Ministry of Culture has backpedalled on a decision to ban visitors from ascending pagodas in Bagan.

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Tourism ministry joins fight against Bagan ban

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.

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