Two men drown after excavator plunges into river in Rakhine

Two men drowned in Northern Rakhine state on Monday when the excavator one of them was operating toppled into a river, Burmese-language outlet Eleven Media is reporting. The accident occurred late that night as the excavator was transporting mounds of dirt from the shore onto a barge in Kan Seik village, Pauk Taw Township. The ...

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1 dead, 13 injured as fire rips through Yangon plywood factory

1 dead, 13 injured as fire rips through Yangon plywood factory

One of the 13 victims of a fire that raged through a Yangon plywood factory last night has died in Insein hospital, police have told Coconuts Yangon.   “He died earlier this...

Singaporean employers get jail after Myanmar domestic worker beaten, burned, forced to drink mop water

Singaporean employers get jail after Myanmar domestic worker beaten, burned, forced to drink mop water

They plan on appeal against both their conviction and sentencing.

Cena ‘round town: WWE-themed sign catches eyes at Yangon market

Cena ‘round town: WWE-themed sign catches eyes at Yangon market

It’s rare for any single sign in the middle of Yangon’s frenetic Bogyoke Zay market to make much of an impression, but one otherwise nondescript sign stands out not for its...

Myanmar inches downward in annual corruption index

Myanmar inches downward in annual corruption index

Amid a turbulent year of high-profile corruption scandals, Myanmar saw its grade in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index drop by a point in 2018,...

Businessman gunned down in mob-style hit in Shan State border town

Businessman gunned down in mob-style hit in Shan State border town

A well-known local businessman was shot and killed in a mob-style shooting in broad daylight yesterday in a border-town in Myanmar’s Eastern Shan State. U Ar Far, who owned a...

Kachin residents ‘won’t change mind’ about Chinese dam, KDP leader claims

Kachin residents ‘won’t change mind’ about Chinese dam, KDP leader claims

In the wake of a Chinese embassy statement yesterday suggesting that residents of Kachin State do not oppose the controversial Myitsone dam — a US$3.6 billion project in...

Bookworms & bibliophiles assemble! The world’s largest book sale is coming to Yangon (Jan 18-28)

Bookworms & bibliophiles assemble! The world’s largest book sale is coming to Yangon (Jan 18-28)

Big Bad Wolf Books, billed as the world’s largest traveling book sale, is descending on Yangon later this month for the first time ever. The 11-day event will be held at the...

Green Light: Vietnamese ride-hailing app latest to enter Myanmar market

Green Light: Vietnamese ride-hailing app latest to enter Myanmar market

Myanmar’s increasingly saturated ride-hailing app market has a new player, and this one’s from Vietnam. FastGo, which inked a memorandum of understanding with local...

30 Minutes or Less: Hlaing township shop owners had ticking clock before demolition crew moved in

30 Minutes or Less: Hlaing township shop owners had ticking clock before demolition crew moved in

A group of eight shops on a quiet street in Yangon’s Hlaing township were dismantled and cleared by 200 workers armed with axes and hammers on Sunday morning to make way for a...


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Coconuts Yangon Business

Since Myanmar started opening up to the outside world in 2011, the business environment has changed considerably. Once a closed-off country run by crony businessmen, Myanmar is now an exciting frontier market. In Yangon, you can see new bars and restaurants and more nightlife options popping up every couple of weeks. The US dropped sanctions on Myanmar in September 2016, which could mean more investment in the country, where many big industries are controlled by formerly blacklisted cronies.