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The number of foreign visitors to the Shwedagon pagoda dropped by 30,000

The number of foreign visitors to the Shwedgon Pagoda, the most famous pagoda in Myanmar, dropped by nearly 30,000 in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Trustee C...

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Pagoda Umbrellas

As you travel in Myanmar, if you pay careful attention to the design of the pagodas you will inevitably visit, you may notice that every single stuppa peak is topped with a dazzling and ornate golden ...

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Myanmar Religions: CHRISTIANITY

Everyone has the right to practice their own religion. Christianity is a religion observed by thousands of millions of people all over the planet. Despite a large majority of people following the Budd...

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Birth Day Animal Symbols

Sunday.
Ruling planet: Sun
Sign: Galon, a giant bird
Galon is a mythical creature with powers to change to human form. Sunday borns are deep thinkers and sometimes they a...

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Exploring Hpa-an Beyond the Caves

It’s true, in recent years there has been something of a tourism boom in Hpa-an, the capital town of Karen State. This can be attributed to its location along the road between Yangon and the Myaywad...

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Weekend Gateway to A Forgotten Hill Town

HOLIDAYS or vacations are words that bring joy to everyone. As my office was closed four days for Tazaungdaing lighting festival, I decided to go somewhere in a hilly region for holidays.

When ...

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A thousand Buddha images on the Irrawaddy cliffs of Akauk Thaung Mountain near Pyay

When the idea of a trip to Pyay was first articulated, it came from two Burmese housekeepers in collusion — eager to show this foreigner something beautiful about Myanmar.

A van was arran...

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Karen New Year

Members of the Karen ethnic community usually celebrate their new year in the middle of December. Communities in Karen State, around Myanmar and abroad come together to mark the occasion. During the f...

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Festival of Lights

Dates:       November 2nd to 5th, 2017
Location: Across the country
Duration: Five days


Held for three days around the full moon of Tazaungmone, this festival fall...

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Hot Air Balloon Festival

Dates: From 28th October, 2017 Location: Taunggyi, southern Shan State Duration: Five days
Also known as Tazaungdaing Fire Balloon Festival, the daytime competitions are for balloo...

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In Conversation with Photographer Yu Yu Myint Than

Yu Yu Myint Than’s latest exhibition, ‘Memory Lane,’ is a collection of dreamy and thought-provoking images inspired by stories of domestic violence and a longing for home. The photos have an ab...

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Down Time in Mandalay City

BY LWIN MAR HTUN

International travellers and local visitors alike want to enjoy the night life of Mandalay while visiting the city and so do I, but on a recent trip to scope out the scene, I f...

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7th Edition of Wathann Film Festival showing LOVE

The 7th edition of the Wathann Film Festival was held on last September 6th to 10th with the competition closing on September 11th with an awarding ceremony held at Waziya Cinema in Yangon. WFF is t...

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A Helping Hand for Street Kids

Helping Hands is a local social enterprise project which aims to help Yangon’s street kids and the unemployed by giving them skills and employment in restoring furniture.

The project started...

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Introducing a new style of healthy eating in Myanmar

As the Yangon restaurant landscape continues to expand, I was hoping to find something different that stands out from the rest — and got lucky that Healthy Me Salad and Coffee Bar opposite Ruby Mart...

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Modern Tailoring from Yangon’s Scott & Company

Since every man needs a perfect suit for all kinds of events, ceremonies and business meetings — and since Yangon’s tailoring tradition is not terribly popular among young people  who seem to...

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Excellent service and comfortable accommodation in a colonial hotel in Mandalay

A couple of months ago I went to Mandalay on a business trip and stayed a night at Hotel Dingar which is located in the downtown area of Mandalay.

The special thing about the hotel is that it ....

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Experiencing Japanese Yakiniku in Mandalay

Mandalay has a lot of restaurants, street food and traditional foods and though most of these are delicious, I chose Hana Yakiniku for a recent Mandalay meal.

Yakiniku means ‘grilled meat’....

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Regional Café & Bistro Bar

The first thing that strikes me when I walk into Regional Cafe and Bistro Bar is the design. The layout flows well from open plan to a raised, more intimate seating area to the private booths at the....

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Hotel Boss

Warmly Welcome From Mandalay Hotel Boss Location (Our Hotel location nearly the heart of Zay Cho  Market and Ayarwaddy  River is down town area near by Eain Daw Yar Pagoda.)
Restaurant (G...

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Hana Yakiniku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

HANA YAKINIKU Japanese BBQ Restaurant is the first in Mandalay to offer Kobe Wine Beef from Japan. Customers can enjoy the full Yakiniku, (Japanese Grill), style dinning experience in a smoke-free env...

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Olea Mediterranean Restaurant at Meliá Yangon

South-east Asian food can be a real challenge for those looking to pair their favorite local fare with a nice bottle of wine.  With chili  being such an important part of the food in this re...

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