Myanmar

Slow Boat to Bagan, Myanmar

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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 allow me a chance to kick back and relax a bit as I watched Burmese villages and life on the riverbank slide past....

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Ride the Circle Train, Myanmar

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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 lives up to it’s name, travelling a 45.9 kilometer circular route around central Yangon and its outskirts. A...

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New River Cruiser in Myanmar

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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 culture. Named after the beautiful Ananda temple in Bagan, the name means ‘extreme happiness’ in Sanskrit....

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Discounted Myanmar Tour Opportunity

Posted by on 8:53 pm in Announcements, Myanmar | 1 comment

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 into a lottery for a 50-percent discount on the journey fee. Once the 20th booking is made, Backyard Travel...

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Travel to Myanmar Opens Up

Posted by on 9:30 am in Announcements, Cambodia, Myanmar | 1 comment

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 increased dramatically in the past few months since the National League for Democracy, founded by Nobel Prize winner...

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Yangon Beefs Up International Airport

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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 arrival lounges, to ensure a smoother flow of passengers, the official added.   In the first three...

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Yangon to Receive More Cruise Liners

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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 groundhandlers for international cruise liners in Myanmar include Destination Asia (Tour Mandalay), Diethelm...

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Kyaing Tong Water Festival

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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 +9584 21830, 22778, and 22171.

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Myanmar: Unlike Any Land You Know

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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 found the people so welcoming and country so fascinating that I planned to return – then Cyclone Nargis hit....

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Observations of a Farang

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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 find, however, that when taxi drivers or market vendors address you this way it nearly always means...

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Get Myanmar Visa Upon Arrival

Posted by on 9:20 am in Announcements, Myanmar News | 0 comments

VISA-ON-ARRIVAL (VOA) is now available at Yangon and Mandalay International Airports for nationals of more than 100 countries with which Myanmar has diplomatic ties. Previously, visas must be arranged in advance before arrival. All Asia Exclusive Travel managing director Phyoe Wai Yar Zar said: “On May 1, four visitors from the Philippines were granted VOA for the first time.” A tourist VOA costs US$30 for a 28-day stay, business VOA US$40 for a 70-day stay, social VOA US$40 for a 28-day and a transit visa US$18 for 24-hour stay....

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Catch Myanmar Solar Eclipse

Posted by on 7:00 am in Announcements, Myanmar News | 0 comments

(MYANMAR – June 2009) – As of Friday, the 15th of January 2010, the central and western part of Myanmar will be one of the few areas of the globe where anannular solar eclipse is visible. The eclipse can be admired at its best from Shwebo, one of the former capitals of Myanmar and the city that gave birth to Myanmar’s last royal dynasty. The city is located around 2 hour journey from Myanmar second biggest city, Mandalay. Shwebo will be in fact right on the line where the sun will be obscured by the moon. Another city where...

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Best Aid: Visit Myanmar

Posted by on 9:53 am in Announcements, Myanmar News | 0 comments

THE best help the trade can give Myanmar is to encourage tourists to visit the cyclone-hit destination because, unlike foreign aid, which is only a temporary relief, the tourist dollar trickles down to the small businesses and individuals who need it the most and can use it to rebuild their lives, tour operators say. Arguing that tourism is one of the few industries that can make an immediate difference, Myanmar operators stress that downtown Yangon, the only tourist area affected by cyclone Nargis which struck on May 2 and 3, is virtually...

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Tragedy in Myanmar

Posted by on 11:51 pm in ITKT Blogs, Myanmar | 0 comments

I never want to write about thing like this, but with recent natural disasters it is a good opportunity to feel grateful for what I have and know that there are good people trying to make a difference. While I have not heard a word yet from anyone in China, I have gotten some news to pass along from Myanmar. Here is the following report from Myanmar Marketing Committee. MMC Updates on Tourism Infrastructure in Myanmar Yangon and the Ayeyarwady Delta of lower Myanmar was worst hit by tropical cyclone Nargis on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2008. In...

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Thai Adventure for Women

Posted by on 2:08 pm in Announcements, Laos News, Myanmar News, Thailand News, World | 1 comment

GUTSY WOMEN TRAVEL OFFERS EXOTIC 12-DAY ADVENTURE TO THAILAND Explore the “Venice of the East,” Laos, and The Golden Triangle Thailand is at once chaotic and serene, exotic but welcoming — a country where modern day life is still imbued with centuries-old customs and guided by strong religious beliefs. Gutsy Women Travel offers a 12-day escorted tour that explores all the allures of this country of wonderful contrasts. “Our Exotic Thai Escape is a great example of the Body-Mind-Spirit focus of our itineraries. At Gutsy...

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