Myanmar begins 2018 by celebrating 70 years of independence. Though the country has faced serious crisis in the previous year, buzz surrounding its major sectors continues, its commercial hub Yangon walks into the new year with improved infrastructure in the form of water taxis and new buses, an endless stream of trendy new bars and restaurants, and plans for more five-star hotels to set up shop.

Perhaps the city’s most exciting project is the renovation of iconic colonial building The Secretariat into a cultural and commercial hub, a symbol of the new Myanmar. In an attempt to look into the crystal ball and see what is in store for 2018, we talked to experts in food, property and travel, and checked in with our writer in Mandalay. To all our readers, we wish you a happy new year!

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