Friday, August 18, 2017

Myanmar registers more tourist arrivals

Tourists coming to Myanmar during the first two months of this year have increased by 22 percent over the same period of last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

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Souvenir entrepreneurs to issue cash vouchers for gems, handicrafts

The Myanmar Souvenir Entrepreneurs Association (MSEA) has obtained permission from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism to issue cash vouchers for gems and other valuable handicraft bought by tourists, who can present the vouchers at customs departments at international airports and border gateways, said the association’s chair U Than Win.

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Travellers attracted to elephant based tourism centres

The present government has banned timber extraction for a period of one year for the whole country and for 10 years for Bago Yoma hills in central Myanmar, effective from the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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Mrauk-U still struggling to woo tourists

Mrauk-U, a town surrounded by hills in northern Rakhine State, is known as the ‘Stone City’. It was given the name because its 14th-century pagodas are made of stone.

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The world’s best hidden beaches? Thailand's Trang archipelago

While popular Thai destinations such as Koh Samui and Phuket stagger under the weight of development, these southern islands retain a sleepy, tropical charm.

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66 hours in Saigon

From backstreet bia hoi joints to the best banh mi – here’s how to make the most of a weekend in Vietnam’s biggest city.

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24 hours in Sydney, Australia

Weekend reporter (and Sydneysider) Nick Baker shares his ideal day in the Harbour City.

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Where to go in 2017

Forget the road less travelled – this year is all about taking another look at familiar destinations, says Myanmar Times travel writer Rachna Sachasinh.

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Inside Vietnam’s astonishing caves

Since Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave, opened to visitors in 2013, tourism has soared, but locals around Phong Nha are keen to protect the area and promote community homestays and tours.

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Looking for meaning on Lover’s Island

As the sun fades into dusk, the last stream of visitors to Lovers’ Island makes their way across the sand bar back to the beach before the rising tide severs the island to the sea. The name, Lover’s Island, seems to invoke mythology of star-crossed lovers banished from the mainland only to kindle their love among the lush foliage 500 metres from shore.

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