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Indo-Myanmar international land border opens in Sagaing Region

Officials from the Indian and Myanmar governments have opened the Indo-Myanmar international land border. After reaching an agreement in Naypyidaw on May 11, entry-exit checkpoints at the Tamu-Moreh and the Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawtar border between the two...

Weekend in Myitkyina

Traffic jams are common in Myitkyina. Held up are usually goats, a market vendor carrying a basket of flip-flops on her head, a motorcyclist, perhaps a cow, and causing the standstill, a...

Indawgyi Lake: Serene beauty in Myanmar’s north

About 10 minutes after our plane landed, we were haggling with taxi drivers outside Myitkyina Airport for a ride to one of the most underrated and mysterious destinations in Myanmar.

Luxury heritage hotel opens in downtown Yangon

Yangon’s latest luxury hotel, Yangon Excelsior, has opened in the city’s downtown. The five-star property is set in a renovated 19th century heritage building that was once the headquarters of the Steel Brothers Limited Company. The...

Exploring the caves of southern Myanmar

Somewhere deep in the wild jungles of southern Myanmar, Keith Lyons discovers a cave system that is literally off-the-beaten-track. Photos by David Van Driessche. On a recent destination scouting trip in southern Myanmar, two things...

Motorbiking northern Chin state

Susan Bailey embarks on a breath-taking route across one of the most remote regions in Myanmar. Photos by B. Ozkal. Myanmar’s secondary roads are not for the faint of heart. The bone-jarring bumps and breathtaking...

An alternative Bangkok

Sure, Bangkok is eating bugs on Khao San Road and lurid nightlife and tuk-tuks and temples. For many foreigners living in Yangon, it’s a getaway for shopping and feasting. But for the savvy traveler,...

Orwell’s Burmese home

James Fable visits Katha, a former colonial outpost on the banks of the Ayeyarwady and the setting of George Orwell’s first novel. Photos by the writer. “Burmese Days is a good book, but even better are...

5 European Island Paradises To Visit At Least Once

5 European Island Paradises To Visit At Least Once On your very first Eurotrip, you probably visited the major cities. London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome. All with incredible histories, monuments, and a fair share of beauty....

Trekking Myanmar

Intrepid trekkers are diverging from the well-trodden trails between Inle and Kalaw in search of Myanmar’s best routes. Sampan Travel offers four alternative places in Myanmar to explore the great outdoors on two feet. With...

Thandaunggyi: Kayin State’s Hilltop Station

James Fable visits an old summer getaway in northern Kayin State that is fast reclaiming its erstwhile popularity. Photos by the writer. Off-limits to overnight visitors until late 2015, the former colonial settlement of Thandaunggyi is...

Rose Garden wins Business Hotel of the Year

Rose Garden Hotel, Yangon has been named Business Hotel of the Year – Myanmar at business news site Corporate Insider’s 2018 Business Excellence Awards. The accolade follows the hotel’s scoop of the TripAdvisor Certificate of...

Balancing beauty and business

James Fable heads for Rakhine State’s second largest city, Kyaukphyu, where business interests bring a mixture of financial hope and risk to the local eco-system. Photos by the writer. Although the Rakhine coastline is endowed...

Mogok: 800 Years of Ruby Valley

Two hundred kilometers north of Mandalay is Mogok, a town famous worldwide for its rubies. At the end of March it held a celebration for its 800th anniversary. For centuries Mogok has amassed wealth and...

Best places to visit during Thingyan

Not everybody enjoys the big cities during Thingyan. Civil servants clock off, highway buses stop or are fully booked, and most businesses close. You can either stay in or go out and endure the...
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Best rooftop bars in Mandalay

A new trend is slowly emerging with the arrival of several rooftop bars in Myanmar. Like their swanky Yangon counterparts, these venues are attracting...