Tourism

Nok Air launches new flights between Mae Sot and Yangon



New flights to link Mae Sot and Yangon

The Nation/ANN - Nok Air is launching a new international direct flight between Mae Sot and Yangon, starting from 29 October. The airline began accepting reservations on the route from 19 September.

From October to December, this year, Nok Air will operate three return flights per week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

From January to February, next year, the frequency will be increased to four return flights per week, with an extra flight on Thursday.

22-per-cent increase in tourist arrivals reported in eight months

From January to August, the country received 2.27 million tourist arrivals, a 22 per cent increase compared with the same period last year, said Vice-President Henry Van Thio, at a ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day held in MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw.

According to the World Tourism Federation, the number of international tourists exceeded 1.2 billion last year. That number is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

Bagan tourism reaches record low in September

The number of foreign tourists who visited Bagan in September reached a record low compared to previous years, according to local tour operators.

“Currently, there are only a few foreign visitors. September is usually a month when few visitors come. But this year, it’s a record low compared with previous years. But it’s a relief that many local tourists still came,” said Zaw Win Cho, a veteran tour guide in Bagan.

Mon State govt urged to clean Kabyawa Beach

Residents of Yay Township in Mon State say the state government should pay more attention to the cleanliness and beauty of Kabyawa Beach, located in Khawzar town.

“More and more people are coming to visit this place, but the beach lacks systematic arrangements for handling the situation. For example, allowing souvenir shops to open has not been systematic. In the open season, there will be more people here. The Mon State government should pay more attention,” said the secretary of a Yay Township volunteer group.

Cambodia's Hun Sen greets Prayut with a hug

 

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a warm welcome to his visiting Thai counterpart, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Thursday.

Prayut led an entourage to visit Phnom Penh in a one-day visit to hold the third Cambodia-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat.

Prayut planned to emphasise strengthening cooperation in border development, labour, trade and investment, connectivity, and regional and international frameworks.

Bagan lively with festivals amid monsoon

Bagan in Mandalay Region is filled with festivities in the middle of the 

Visitors flock to Ayeyawady elephant camps

Four elephant camps in Ayeyawady Region have attracted more local and foreign visitors this year than in previous years, according to local officials.
The elephant camps are located in Ngwesaung, Chaungtha, Katoeaing and Moemakha. Admission costs Ks 2,000 for local visitors and US$5 for foreigners. There are additional charges for riding elephants.
Despite the recent increase in interest, officials say the camps are still relatively unknown, and the numbers of visitors are small as compared the numbers of people who visit Ngwesaung and Chaungthar beaches.

Bagan-Angkor flights proposed

Talks are underway to open direct flights between Bagan 

Companies eye Marnaung Island as new tourism hot spot

The Rakhine State government, Marnaung Public Co and FMI Public Co have submitted a proposal to set up a tourism project on Marnaung Island in Rakhine State to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), Hotels and Toursim Minister Ohn Maung.

The minister relayed the information in response to a question from Lower House MP Tin Nu Aung on July 20. The MP asked whether there were any plans to develop the tourism industry on the beaches of Marnaung Island.

Myanmar heritage items under threat: Union Minister

The Union Minister of Religion and Culture Thura Aung Ko said much of Myanmar’s cultural heritage has been stolen and illegally sold.
The minister met with the Norwegian Foreign Minister HE Mr Børge Brende on July 6 in Nay Pyi Taw during an event where an ancient Buddha statue from the Konebaung era was transferred from Norway to Myanmar. The statue was discovered in Norway in 2011.
The Buddha statue will be put on display in the national museum.