The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Ministry cracks down on illegal tourist guides

Unlicensed tour guides could end up behind bars for three years, the government has warned as it launches a crackdown against them. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says the illegal guides are undercutting trained and licensed guides and depriving them of income. Citing the recent landmine blast at Kyaukme, Shan State, in which two foreign trekkers and a local guide were injured, some experts say the lack of training could be dangerous.

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Community-based tourism takes on 100-day challenge

Tourism Minister U Ohn Maung has launched a 100-day program to boost community-based tourism in six destinations. The aim is to relieve pressure on overcrowded sites like Mandalay, Bagan and Shwedagon Pagoda, while bringing more benefits to local communities.

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Why being a vegetarian traveller is often so hard to swallow

In India, where I grew up, I was never considered vegetarian enough. I do not eat fish or meat, but I do eat eggs, which meant outing myself as a “non-vegetarian” when someone asked if I am “pure veg”. But over three decades of being vegetarian, I have learned the hard way that there is no universal definition of what a vegetarian is.

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Havana rising: the millennials pushing Cuba forward

Forget trying to see Cuba before it changes: The change is going on right now. From designers to tattooists, musicians to app designers, meet the young Habaneros changing the face of their city

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Singapore: The most meticulously planned city in the world

Lee Kuan Yew’s vice-like grip on power helped create a byword for cleanliness, efficiency and safety. What lies beneath this ‘Disneyland with the death penalty’?

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Trashing Kyaikhtiyo

Piles of garbage can turn even the most sacred place into an ugly mess

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Passport problems

Khin Myat can’t contain her excitement. The aspiring travel writer seems to have limitless ambition when listing the countries she hopes to visit. There’s only one problem – as a Myanmar citizen, Ma Khin Myat holds one of the most restricting passports on the planet.

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Wining and dining in Aythaya

Nondescript hillside high in the Shan mountains was once a most unlikely place to find a litter of golden retriever puppies – or a German wine genius or a quickly growing vineyard.

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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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