Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Anger in tourism industry after govt bans Bagan sunset viewing

Tourism industry leaders in Bagan have condemned a Ministry of Culture decision to ban visitors from climbing on ancient pagodas in the world-renowned archaeological zone.

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Industrious Myeik: Gateway to an island paradise

Even amid all the tourist glories of Myanmar, the town of Myeik is a diamond in the rough.

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Nope to dope: Thai museum strikes blow against opium trade

They sat hunched motionless in the corner or sprawled on a mattress, eyes closed or gazing dully at nothingness. The Chinese dope fiends, emaciated, listless, abandoned – mannequins in Thailand's new Hall of Opium, a Golden triangle theme park in Chiang Rai. 

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An insider’s cultural guide to Thiruvananthapuram

There's much more to this south Indian city than the beach – Kerala’s capital boasts mermaid sculptures, monsoon watching and comedy about corruption.

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Old Bagan’s unusual vibe: temples of rock?

A pina colada in my hand, Orwell’s Burmese Days resting open on one knee, I gaze out toward the low ridge on the opposite bank of the Ayeyarwady River as the sun sets over Bagan. Birds chirp, riverboat engines hum. Curiously the scene, almost stolen from Kipling, has its own live soundtrack heartily provided by Iron Cross – a rock band.

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