Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Tour operators hope for post-election boost to low visitor figures

Inbound, outbound and domestic tour firms say their numbers are way down compared to last year – but all are hoping that a successful election and change of government will help the industry to bounce back.

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10 of the most bizarre homemade playgrounds and attractions

From a ‘replica’ Noah’s Ark to a shrine made of beer bottles, these attractions are packed with the kind of homespun passion that make for an extra-special day out

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Villages in Bagan area link ancient and modern Myanmar

Next to religious sites, village life is one of Bagan’s main tourist attractions. People from all over the world have come to see how people in the local villages, their culture and customs, feasts and faiths, and their cottage industries, say local tour guides.

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Cycling guides offer tours of region’s roads less travelled

As we haul our bikes out of the boat and scramble up the riverbank, I suddenly become aware of a sound I’ve never heard before in Yangon. Silence.

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Yakushima, Japan: an island of natural wonders

Revered by the Japanese for its hiking, hot springs and cedar trees, Yakushima also provided the inspiration for the anime hit Princess Mononoke. Now foreign visitors are uncovering this island delight.

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Bangkok’s other Erawan

Erawan Museum may not be the best-known Erawan-related site in Bangkok yet, but it surely is the biggest

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The best way to travel? Skip the iconic

A lot of travel can be about pretending to like monuments and sights that you don’t really enjoy, but my father, the reluctant traveller, has shown me that what matters is only doing the things you are genuinely interested in

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Off the beaten track in Thailand

Travelling to Thailand but want to avoid the crowds? Believe it or not, there are still parts of the country that haven’t been overrun by tourists. 

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Seoul mates: Searching for beauty in South Korea

We had been walking through Seoul for hours in the thick July heat. At least it wasn’t raining. More than one travel website had warned: Avoid South Korea in July. Rainy season. But rain hadn’t materialised.

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Strand, Raffles, Majestic: the best colonial hotels in Southeast Asia

Whip out your linen and your Somerset Maugham – high tea and afternoon G&Ts are undergoing a revival at Southeast Asia’s refurbished colonial hotels, cafes and bars

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