Domestic air travel resumes Wednesday in Myanmar

Fly the friendly Myanmar skies again when domestic air travel resumes Wednesday – provided you can pass a COVID-19 test. The Department of Civil Aviation announced that domestic flights canceled due to the second wave of infections may resume under health and safety guidelines from the government’s COVID-19 committee and the health ministry. “Passengers will ...

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New Toy: Myanmar’s military shows off Russian attack sub

New Toy: Myanmar’s military shows off Russian attack sub

When the Tatmadaw navy conducted its annual exercises, it had a new asset to brag about: the UMS Min Ye Thain Kha Thu, a Russian-made attack submarine. The 74-meter Kilo-class...

Flooding forces tens of thousands to flee homes in Myanmar

Flooding forces tens of thousands to flee homes in Myanmar

Raging floods across Myanmar have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks, officials said Thursday, as monsoon rains pummel the nation. Aerial images...

Cycle-du-soleil: Man rides motorcycle standing on seat, playing guitar

Cycle-du-soleil: Man rides motorcycle standing on seat, playing guitar

Seven minutes. No helmet. Sure, we cringed a bit, but tell us you’re not at least a wee bit in awe of this foolhardy — and 100% illegal — act of derring-do. What’s...

After driver says he can’t stop, Yangon bus rider takes out his anger on the passenger door (Video)

After driver says he can’t stop, Yangon bus rider takes out his anger on the passenger door (Video)

Drivers aren’t the only people who get road rage. As most regular riders of public transport could tell you, the frustration is real and can cause even the most seemingly...

At least one seriously injured as express buses collide head-on on road between Yangon, Pathein.

At least one seriously injured as express buses collide head-on on road between Yangon, Pathein.

A pair of express buses — one traveling toward, one away from Yangon — met head-on this morning in a violent collision in central Myanmar that left one man seriously...

Visa offer extended to woo Euro travelers back to Myanmar

Visa offer extended to woo Euro travelers back to Myanmar

Tourism officials are moving to attract more European tourists by extending a visa-on-arrival scheme to six new countries, according to media reports. Starting Oct. 1, travelers...

Wheelie fun: Myanmar celebrates World Bicycle Day

Wheelie fun: Myanmar celebrates World Bicycle Day

Cyclists from around Myanmar took to the streets today for a little celebration of the two-wheeled kind — World Bicycle Day. Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts in Yangon, Bago,...

‘Make Yangon Accessible,’ says disability rights NGO

‘Make Yangon Accessible,’ says disability rights NGO

What good are escalators if you have to walk up stairs to even access them? Not a whole lot as a group of disabled rights activists found out in Yangon this weekend. In a bid to...

New details emerge about miracle landing in Mandalay (VIDEO)

New details emerge about miracle landing in Mandalay (VIDEO)

Have you had a chance to take a deep breath since yesterday’s miraculous, Sully Sullenberger-level landing at Mandalay International Airport? Good. Because as you’d imagine,...


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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.