Myanmar courts Japanese, South Korean tourists with visa-free access

Myanmar authorities are planning to grant visa-free access to Japanese and South Korean tourists, as well as visa-on-arrival service for Chinese visitors who come on group tours. The move, which was initiated in a discussion between the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

Transportation

Dala bridge construction stalled as officials debate last-minute design tweaks

Dala bridge construction stalled as officials debate last-minute design tweaks

Construction on the bridge that will link downtown Yangon to Dala Township, on the opposite bank of the Yangon River, has stalled as government officials debate whether the design...

Myanmar warns Emirates over breach of no-fly zone

Myanmar warns Emirates over breach of no-fly zone

Myanmar’s civil aviation authorities have warned that they may take action against the airline Emirates over the entrance of one of its planes into the no-fly zone above...

AirAsia talks on new Myanmar airline ‘have stopped’

AirAsia talks on new Myanmar airline ‘have stopped’

Less than two months after announcing plans to launch a new budget airline for Myanmar, AisAsia CEO Tony Fernandes now says that talks with a potential partner for the project...

After deadly bridge collapse, Myanmar state media praises the country’s bridges

After deadly bridge collapse, Myanmar state media praises the country’s bridges

In the early hours of April 1, brothers Than Zaw Htike and Aung Gyi plummeted into a river when the bridge beneath them collapsed in Myaungmya, Ayeyawady Region. Than Zaw...

Pilot killed in Myanmar Air Force jet crash

Pilot killed in Myanmar Air Force jet crash

A Myanmar Air Force training jet crashed at around 10:15am today near a village in Taungoo Township, Bago Region. The injured pilot was found among the debris by local residents...

Two brothers killed in collapse of expired bridge

Two brothers killed in collapse of expired bridge

Two brothers were killed in the early hours of Sunday morning after a suspension bridge in Ayeyawady Region’s Myaungmya Township collapsed. The bridge fractured after three of...

Bus fire kills 20 Myanmar migrants in Thailand

Bus fire kills 20 Myanmar migrants in Thailand

Twenty Myanmar migrant workers died early Friday as fire tore through a bus taking them from a Thai border town to Bangkok, officials said. It was not immediately clear how the...

Uber exits SE Asia in new retreat from global markets

Uber exits SE Asia in new retreat from global markets

Uber sold its Southeast Asian business to rival Grab on Monday, ending a bruising battle between the ride-hailing behemoths and marking the US firm’s latest retreat from...

Uber selling Southeast Asia operations to Grab: report

Uber selling Southeast Asia operations to Grab: report

Uber is selling parts of its Southeast Asia operations to local rival Grab, getting a piece of the action in the process, according to US media reports. Grab is on the cusp of...


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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.