Mt Poppa calling out

Mt. Poppa (Photo - EMG)

Mt Popa, also known as Poppa Taungkalat, is located near Kyaukpadaung and is one of the major tourist attractions in central Myanmar. Some people believe Mt Popa is the spiritual centre of Myanmar and is often associated with Bagan, which is only 48 kilometres away, in traditional folktales.

The mountain is a steep-sided extinct volcano that rises 2,417 feet above the dry surrounding plains.

Shan: Simply irresistible

The famous Gokteik Viaduct in northern Shan State. (Photo - Sai Tun Nay Hlaing/EMG)


Tourism in the northern Shan State has been increasing year after year, especially at the famous Gokteik Viaduct, Hsipaw and the surrounding areas.

Myeik tourism reaches 17-year high

Snorkelling resorts in the Myeik Archipelago have attracted around 2,000 foreign visitors this year since January, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Myeik Branch).

Last year, tourism revenue hit a 17-year high, Ks 57.99 million (US$57,991) and $329,470.

Entry fees to Kawthoung District and Myeik District are $50 and $80, respectively, for local tour agencies. For foreigners, the fees are $100 and $150, plus an additional $20 per day for tourists who stay more than five days.

Tourist arrivals down in Mandalay

Mandalay — Popular destinations in Mandalay have seen a significant decline in the number of tourists arriving during May. 
During the previous travel season, Mandalay received a larger number of tourists with monthly arrivals above 35,000 in January and February. Tourist arrivals rose until April. According to the region’s Immigration and National Registration Department, tourist arrivals from January to April this year amounted to about 200,000. 

A walk in the Switzerland of Myanmar

A trekking holiday came to mind about a year ago as I was reading an article about trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake written by a westerner. I didn’t have time to do that trek until last month. My friend and I decided to start our journey with a 24-hour train ride from Yangon to Kalaw that took us through the high mountains of Shan State.

A holiday in poppy fields

The Wa Self-Administered Division’s deplorable claim to fame has always been its poppy fields.   But the Wa authorities have a new plan – converting the poppy fields near the capital Panghsan (aka Pangkham) into a tourist attraction. 

The Wa area is in Shan State and the Wa leaders like to refer to their region as the Wa State, to the dismay of Myanmar authorities who have long resisted the idea that the Wa is a sovereign state or province, but is, instead, merely a special region.

Parliament building as tour destination

The Parliament building will now be officially open to visitors, locals and foreigners, as part of the Hotels and Tourism Ministry's plan to promote tourism in the quiet capital of Nay Pyi Taw.
Included in its tourism marketing plan are buildings in the city like the international airport and hotels. According to a source at the ministry, the Nay Pyi Taw website will be launched soon.

Tourism development bank taking flight

The tourism industry will get a boost with establishment of a tourism development bank, according to the Myanmar Tourism Bank.

The proposed development bank will provide loans, technological assistance and communications. The move comes as a result of a high influx of international tourists. The tourism sector showed a profit of US$ 1 billion in 2014 with that expected to double this year.

Local, foreign visitors flock to Inlay

Inlay Lake and the surrounding region in southern Shan State are proving to be extremely popular tourist destinations for foreigners and Myanmar visitors alike, according to the Powered Schooner Club.

April has been a busy month for locals visiting the region and Inlay Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda was very crowded with visitors on April 21, the club reported.

"There are many foreigners who can be seen everywhere," said Soe Min from Nyaung Shwe Township.

Over 2 M tourists enter Myanmar in 2014-15 fiscal year

Over two million foreign tourists visited Myanmar before December this fiscal year, and most of them arrived via border gates, sources from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism say.