WMF to help conserve 180-year-old teak bed and trunk in Mandalay

Officials from the US-based World Monuments Fund (WMF) on February 8 visited Soe Win's brokerage firm on 86th Street in Mandalay Region and studied the ancestrally owned 180-year-old teak bed and trunk of the late Amarapura Period.

WMF Programme Director Jeffery Allen said his organisation would provide technology to maintain the property.

These ancient teak bed and trunk are believed to be owned by Pakhan commissioner Yan Wai in Pakhan region, Pakokku Township, Magway Region, and they have been maintained by ancestors. They were then moved to Mandalay in 2015.

Naga lake attracts Indian visitors


A lake in the Naga self-administrative zone has been popular among Indian visitors, sources say.

The lake Naungyan is located in Pansaung Township and surrounded by myths, according to residents.

Visitors from India reportedly came and took some water from the lake for “laboratory tests”.

MP Sein Maung said: “Myth has it there was a dragon and villagers killed it. Then they left this place and turned the village into a lake.”

Although Indian tourists did not have a visa, they could visit the place for a limited time, he added.

Migrant Salon nationals return to Myeik, hold traditional spirit festival

MYEIK- Most Salon nationals who recently migrated to Thailand have turned and arrived in the Myeik Archipelago, Taninthayi Region during the third week of January to hold a traditional nat (spirit) festival.
Salon nationals have to hold their traditional spirit festival at the Myeik archipelagos in Tabaung month, according to the Myanmar lunar calendar.

Kayin State receives more foreign tourists

Between April and December 2017, Kayin State received more foreign tourists than in the same period of the previous year, according to the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management.

Myanmar hotel rates ‘higher’: Vice President

Vice President Henry Van Thio says the country’s hotel rates are still higher than other countries.
He said this on January 20 during a formal meeting between the Vice President, who also serves as chairman of the Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry, and local hoteliers.
They discussed the hotel business in the country and future plans for the industry.

Elephant camp opens in Dr Brandis’s teak plantation in Pyay

An elephant camp has opened in Dr Brandis’s teak plantation on Yangon-Pyay road in Pyay Township in west Bago region. 
The teak plantation was first devised by Dr Dietrich Brandis, a German-British forester, in 1857. The plantation started with 511 teak plants and in 1960, it covered 78 acres with 3,503 teak plants.  
Tun Tun Oo, deputy general-manager of Bago region Forest Department, said: “In the past, no one was allowed to enter the camp. Now we have opened the camp in order that the people can visit the nature of plants and enjoy elephant riding.

Mount Saramati being explored for tourism potential

Mount Saramati in Sagaing Region has potential for nature tourism, according to the regional tourism development committee.

Inwa cultural zone receives more visitors

Visitor numbers at the Inwa cultural zone in Mandalay Region have increased over the same period last year.
“Last fiscal year’s ticket sales total over 70,000. Now we have sold more than 42,000 tickets and it’s only
January,” said Myint Zaw, deputy director at the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.
He said he was confident attendance would surpass the previous year’s amount by the end of the fiscal year 2017-18 in March.

New Didote waterfall elephant camp opens to public

Sagaing – The Myanmar Timber Enterprise has launched a soft opening of the Didote waterfall elephant camp located inside Didote reserve forest.
The 74-acre camp, which has been under construction since November, will officially open on January 20.
Construction of the camp, which will house six elephants, has been designed to minimise environmental damage, said Assistant General Manager Nanda Soe of the Pyin Oo Lwin district timber production enterprise.

Hotel and tourism sector attracts 115 local investments: DICA

A total of 115 local investments worth over US$686 million (934 billion kyat) were made in the hotel and tourism sector as of the end of November this year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA).
Local investors have made 774 investments worth nearly $2.5 billion in the production sector, 46 investments worth nearly $2.16 billion in the transportation sector, 67 investments worth nearly $1.2 billion in the real estate development sector and 68 investments worth over $491 million in the construction sector.