Slow Boat to Bagan, Myanmar
Oct07

Slow Boat to Bagan, Myanmar

I always enjoy using different modes of transportation when exploring new places. Today I was taking a riverboat, leaving Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) and heading southward to Bagan. Most travelers make this journey by bus, but I chose to take the MGRG Boat instead. True, the bus would have been a bit cheaper ($9.00 vs. $45.00 US), but the chance to cruise down the Irrawaddy River was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. It would...

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Ride the Circle Train, Myanmar
Jul15

Ride the Circle Train, Myanmar

Myanmar Fascination I have always had a fascination with trains and to me it seems that each country has trains with their own special character. When I arrived in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, I was eager to find a way to sample and enjoy the local train service. I got my opportunity in Yangon when I hopped aboard the Yangon Circle Train. It did not disappoint. Yangon Circle Train Constructed in 1954, the Yangon Circle Train...

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New River Cruiser in Myanmar
Jun30

New River Cruiser in Myanmar

  Sanctuary Retreats Announces New River Cruiser in Myanmar: Sanctuary Ananda   June 25, 2013 – Luxury cruise and safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats announces that its newest ship, Sanctuary Ananda, is due to set sail in late 2014 in Myanmar. In a country long veiled from Westerner eyes, Sanctuary Ananda is designed to take guests into less-traveled parts of the country to explore the rich traditions of Burmese...

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Discounted Myanmar Tour Opportunity
Dec18

Discounted Myanmar Tour Opportunity

Backyard Travel’s ‘Luxurious Myanmar’ package includes a stop at Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda Myanmar: Hot in 2013 BANGKOK (Nov. 28, 2012) — As Myanmar accelerates toward the center of the world’s hottest travel destinations, Backyard Travel has opened the doors on an excursion that reveals the country’s charms in style. Between now and Jan. 20, 2013, the first 20 people to book ‘Luxurious Myanmar’ will go...

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Travel to Myanmar Opens Up
Dec03

Travel to Myanmar Opens Up

Myanmar is a truly spiritual destination, largely untouched by the influence of Western civilization. The stunning landscape of pagodas and temples surrounding Bagan has changed little in 1500 years.  Since the elections in November 2010, the government has started to open its doors and Secretary Clinton’s visit this week is the first step in ending the country’s international isolation.   Interest in travel to Myanmar has...

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Yangon Beefs Up International Airport
Aug22

Yangon Beefs Up International Airport

Story originally published on TTG Asia.  Yangon International Airport is undergoing an expansion that will boost its annual handling capacity by 40 per cent.   A Department of Civil Aviation official said the project would increase the airport’s handling capacity from 2.7 million passengers a year, to 3.8 million by end-2012 or early-2013.   The expansion will also see more immigration counters installed in the departure and...

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Yangon to Receive More Cruise Liners
Jun20

Yangon to Receive More Cruise Liners

Rahul Khanna, Yangon, June 14, 2011—Nine international cruise liners will be making calls at Yangon during the current fiscal year from April 2011 to March 2012, up from six ships during the preceding 12 months. Thet Lwin Toh, managing director of Myanmar Voyages Travel and Tour, said his company would be handling five of the nine cruise liners, including one mega ship carrying between 1,000 and 2,000 passengers and crew. The other...

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Kyaing Tong Water Festival
Feb26

Kyaing Tong Water Festival

To celebrate the 600th year of Kyaing Tong traditional water festival, the organizing committee extend their cordial invitation to participate in the water festival. The festival will feature a fire display, launching rally and the Khun folk songs and dances in the evening which promise to enthrall  participants and be cherished for a life time. It will be held April 12 to 14. For the further details and information, please contact...

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Myanmar: Unlike Any Land You Know
Sep24

Myanmar: Unlike Any Land You Know

To go or not to go? That was the questions I posed to myself before my 2008 visit to Myanmar. Many governments discourage travel to Myanmar, formally called Burma, due to the repressive government. After some research and sole searching I learned that the government has little to do with tourism and sanctions tend to hurt the people more than the government. Tourists provide a conduit between the people and the rest of the world. I...

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Observations of a Farang
Jul04

Observations of a Farang

I’m a Farang. If you’ve got European ancestry, you are too. Although the word exists in many linguistic forms throughout the Siam and Khmer Empires and beyond, this Thai version is the most well known. Its widespread use lends credence to the theory it entered the region long ago as a corruption of the Persian word for “foreigner”, though occasionally it’s used as a slur directed at Euro-males escorting young Asian women. You’ll...

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