2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship bridge to open tomorrow

The 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship bridge, spanning the Moei river and linking the border towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy, is set to open tomorrow, with Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in attendance. The project, paid for by Thailand, cost an estimated 4.28 billion baht ($135.23 million) and ...

Transportation

11 dead, 25 injured in bus accident on Naypyidaw-Yangon highway

11 dead, 25 injured in bus accident on Naypyidaw-Yangon highway

Eleven people were killed and another 25 injured yesterday morning as a bus traveling to Yangon flipped onto its side after a tire blew out, according to Myanmar Highway Police....

Raging bus blaze streamed live by monk; no injuries reported

Raging bus blaze streamed live by monk; no injuries reported

A Shwe La Min express passenger bus headed from Mandalay to Sittwe caught fire yesterday afternoon after the vehicle’s left tire burst into flames, eventually setting the entire...

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar

A French tourist has been sentenced to one month in prison with labour for attempting to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament, a court official said Wednesday. Arthur...

Say Cheese: Railway staffers chomp on pencils, chopsticks as part of smile ‘training’

Say Cheese: Railway staffers chomp on pencils, chopsticks as part of smile ‘training’

Is it really that hard to smile? Apparently so for 5,000 Lower Myanmar Railways staffers who are currently being trained how to do just that as part of a Japan-sponsored training...

Two men drown after excavator plunges into river in Rakhine

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...

Select Yangon streets closed for Hong Kong film shoot

Select Yangon streets closed for Hong Kong film shoot

Downtown Yangon traffic is about to get a whole lot worse this week thanks to planned road closures and diversions that will accommodate a Hong Kong action film shoot, police have...

Myanmar’s government has finally confirmed that it’s forming a coast guard

Myanmar’s government has finally confirmed that it’s forming a coast guard

After months of teasing and deliberation, Myanmar’s government finally announced, through a statement published on Tuesday via the Ministry of Transport and Communications...

Highway to Heaven: Meditating on Naypyidaw’s ghost highway

Highway to Heaven: Meditating on Naypyidaw’s ghost highway

Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital city, is famous for being a “ghost city,” one in which lavish hotels and larger-than-life government buildings have been plopped down in the...

Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Yangon’s typically god-awful traffic might (likely will?) get a whole lot worse on Sunday thanks to temporary road closures taking place from 3am-11:30am for the seventh annual...


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Coconuts Yangon Transportation

Transportation is a big story in Yangon and in remote areas of the country. Five years ago, the government relaxed rules on importing cars, and traffic quickly became a major problem for the city. Yangon is one of the few cities in the world that still has a circular railway line. With the help of a Japanese aid agency, it has been undergoing renovations. There are new carriages and even air-conditioning. The bus system is changing, too. A new bus system launched in January 2017, but it has proven far from perfect. We're all still waiting for someone to do something about the surplus of taxis that are choking the city's roads and about the city's mysterious ban on motorbikes.