Yangon launches open top bus service targeting foreign tourists

Myanmar's first Mingalar open-top bus service has been launched as a trial run in Yangon.

For the time being, the bus will be running mainly for foreign tourists. Mingalar Bus Company started running pen-top buses, which have gained popularity in global cities including London, in Yangon on March 18. Buses run at 7 am and 5 pm separately daily and the trial run period will last until the end of this month.

Although open-top buses mainly target foreign tourists during peak season, local passengers can also enjoy a ride.

Mandalay Int'l Airport received over 1 million passengers last year

More than a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding the number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation.

In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines and FMI Air conducted regular flights to Mandalay International Airport.

Sagaing park's security to be tightened


The security of a park in Sagaing Region will be bulked up in the coming travel season, sources say.

The Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Yinmabin District is crowded with pilgrims from all corners of the country during the peak season in March.

“Now five police officers take security of the park. There are just too many people during the travel season,” said Aye Min Oo, secretary of the park’s pagoda trust.

The park has reportedly been wired with CCTV cameras.

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.