Mandalay Palace hosts first novice ceremony in a decade

A Buddhist noviciate ceremony, using an elephant, seven horses and cows, was held in the Mandalay Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace for the first time in a decade on April 19. 
Many visitors attended the ceremony. 
One said: “I have never seen an elephant, horses and cows in the palace. This is the first time. It is great to see such a ceremony.”

Eye of Shin Tauk Htein Pagoda in Dawei sparkles

The right eye of the Shin Tauk Htein Pagoda, which is one of the historic Shin Koe Shin (nine pagodas) located in Dawei, sparkled on April 3 at noon. 
Pagoda trustee Ohn Maung said: “A girl who paid homage on April 3 at 11:50 am yelled that the pagoda image was fluttering its eyelash. Then, we (the pagoda trustees) looked at the pagoda, and we saw a glittering light in the right eye of the pagoda. 

Yunnan to clean up tourism industry


Yunnan province will introduce 22 measures to clean up the local tourism industry, the provincial tourism 

administrative authority said on Monday.

The measures, which will come into effect on April 15, include forbidding forced shopping and overly cheap tours, punishing fraud targeted at tourists, and strengthening regulation of tour guides via an online information and evaluation system.

Yu Fan, director of the Yunnan Tourism Development Commission, said the measures aim to eradicate the deep-rooted problems within the tourism industry.

Chaung Tha, Ngwe Saung attract many Thingyan tourists

Many local and foreign visitors will visit Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha beaches before the Water Festival. 
“More visitors are going to Chaung Tha than Ngwe Saung beach. Prices used to be lower but they are increasing. What is more, a beach party was held in Chaung Tha on March 25. Now little hotel rooms are available for the Water Festival in Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung,” said Han Lin, travel agent. 

Mandalay Palace’s Cultural Museum to be upgraded

An interior upgrading of the cultural museum located inside the Mandalay Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace which was started in October 2016 was opened on March 24, 2017, according to the Ancient Research and National Museum (Mandalay branch). 
Donations for the upgrade mainly came from the families of the Tatmadaw (Army, Navy, Air) and the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services. Upgrading includes creating statues of nine ministries and the dormitories. 

Vacationers flood to Gaw Yan Gyi island in holiday periods

Pathein – Many vacationers are visiting Gaw Yan Gyi Beach in Ayeyawady region, with bookings full at guest houses and nearby houses, according to locals.

Chin lake popular with Indian day-trippers

More foreign tourists visit heart-shaped Reed Lake, also known as Rih Dil Lake, in Phalan District of northern Chin State.

“Most are families come from Mizoram State in India on Sundays. Burmese visitors mainly come only in March, April or May. But the numbers are small. Transport to Chin State is difficult,” a resident of Reedkhawda said.

The journey to Reed Lake from Yangon, Mandalay or Monwya have to travel via  Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, then take a motorbike to the lake for 90 miles. The roads have apparently improved.

Foreign tourist can visit Mogok Township


Foreign tourists can visit Mogok Township with permission, although it is considered a restricted area for travellers, according to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Chinese tourists stand second of Myanmar’s top visitors’ list

Chinese tourists were the second highest number of visitors to Myanmar last year.

About 500,000 Chinese tourists visited Myanmar in 2016, a drop from the more than  800,000 who visited in 2015.

Chinese tourists mainly visited Myanmar from Muse, Laukai, Chin Shwe Haw, Lweji, Kanpiketi and Mongla. Most of them used the Muse border gate.

Ohn Maung, Minister for Hotels and Tourism said: “All people in the tourism sector need to keep the momentum up on the development of the tourism industry and share the benefits from the industry with all citizens.

Tourist arrivals reach 2.9 million last year

In 2016 there were tourist arrivals of around 2.9 million, down about 1.5 million compared to