Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Bagan Hotels to be made into residences homes

Even though they will not be allowed to operate, over two dozen “limbo” hotels in historic Bagan can finish up construction, a recent directive said. The properties still cannot accept a single guest, but will be permitted to function as a private residence instead, according to the Bagan Heritage Management Committee.

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Tourism industry looks to new minister for more support

Great things are expected from incoming tourism minister U Ohn Maung.

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Prepare yourself for Dala

It takes a bit of guile to enjoy the snakes, temples, pots and rides through the delta on the other shore of the Yangon River

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Tourism ministry aims for 6 million visitors

Tourism will continue to boom in the coming year, thanks to the country’s political stability as demonstrated in last November’s elections, says the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The ministry predicts that the number of international visitors will grow from last year’s 4.68 million to 6 million in 2016.

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Bagan ‘limbo’ hotels given 10-year edict

In a major blow to Bagan’s “limbo” hotels, the city has decided that within 10 years all hotels will have to move to a special zone.

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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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