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.

0.15m visits to Bagan in 6 months

The Bagan heritage site in Mandalay Region has received over 150,000 international visitors in six months, according to the Mya

Region top choice for US, UK visitors

The Nation/ANN - MORE American and British travellers are coming to Southeast Asia, with Thailand a key draw, a study by shows.

The study found that culture and “once in a lifetime” and “you only live once” experiences are key drivers for British travellers, while visits to friends and family are the main pull for Americans.