Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

What is the safest city in the world?

It's not a recent initiative, but as far as unusual and effective measures go for improving road-traffic safety, it’s hard to beat mime. In the mid-1990s, Bogotá’s then-mayor Antanas Mockus employed over 400 mime artists to stand guard at pedestrian crossings, showing wordless displeasure to reckless pedestrians and drivers who violated traffic rules.

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Getting a buzz out of ink

The needles are sharp, the concentration sharper. Eyes focused, hands busy, The Illuminated Woman is at work.

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Monsoon magic in northern Laos

Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage city in northern Laos, is often named one of the best cities in the world to visit. Most visitors flock here to explore the town’s cultural and natural wonders from November to March, avoiding the monsoon season altogether, but with a light poncho and the local bor pen yang attitude, the rainy season may be the perfect time to visit.

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Rainy day getaways worth getting wet for

Nature has provided the perfect antidote to the crowds and high prices that have accompanied the sharp rise in tourist numbers in Myanmar over the past few years. It’s called rain.

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International air links to rise

Air links between ASEAN member countries are set to increase in number as the region’s Open Skies policy takes off, industry leaders heard yesterday.

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Mass tourism forces mobbed museums to overhaul welcome

Mass tourism spurred by cheap flights and richer emerging economies is forcing the world’s top museums to rethink their welcome, notably by boosting access, embracing apps and improving ancillary services such as eateries and gift shops.

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Are postcards a thing of the past?

We no longer wish you. were here. Or rather, these days, an individual I is much less likely to scrawl such a message on a postcard to a particular You.

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Green Hill Valley elephant camp An experience you will never forget

If Green Hill Valley sounds like a perfect name for a retirement community, it is – though in this case, the retirees are elephants.

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Unrest fails to dampen arrivals

Neither fighting in Kokang nor the police crackdowns on student and worker protests is deterring tourists from visiting Myanmar, travel experts told The Myanmar Times yesterday.

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AirAsia launches regional pass

Budget airline AirAsia last week launched two new products that it says will open up more than 100 Southeast Asian destinations to passengers from Myanmar.

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