2 pilots, 1 child killed in military plane crashes

Two Tatmadaw F-7 fighter jets crashed in Minbu Township, Magway Region, this morning, killing two pilots and a 5th grade student on the ground. “Two military planes crashed, and we are trying to organize our resources to resolve this issue. It’s very urgent. There were casualties and damage,” regional lawmaker Kyaw Swan Yi told Khit ...

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Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three editors of Eleven Media were arrested this morning for publishing an article over the weekend accusing the Yangon Region government of financial mismanagement and violating...

Yangon-Dala bridge construction to begin in December

Yangon-Dala bridge construction to begin in December

After years of delays, construction on the bridge that will connect downtown Yangon to Dala Township, across the Yangon River, is now scheduled to begin in December, according to...

Myanmar abolishes arrival, departure cards to encourage foreign tourism

Myanmar abolishes arrival, departure cards to encourage foreign tourism

Starting today, foreign tourists will no longer have to fill out arrival or departure cards at Myanmar’s three international airports. Immigration officials believe this will...

Railroad accidents rising in Myanmar

Railroad accidents rising in Myanmar

Accidents on Myanmar’s railroads are on the rise, Myanma Railways general manager Kyaw Kyaw Myo said this week, blaming the trend on the negligence of people who cross or...

Ghost ship in Myanmar waters earlier towed by Indonesian-manned vessel: Navy

Ghost ship in Myanmar waters earlier towed by Indonesian-manned vessel: Navy

[UPDATED] A stranded vessel empty of crew and goods that was found in Myanmar’s waters this week was being towed by a ship with 13 Indonesian nationals before it became...

Tour operator fights for tourists’ right to drive motorbikes in Dawei

Tour operator fights for tourists’ right to drive motorbikes in Dawei

A tour operator is taking on the government of Myanmar’s southern Taninthayi Region to protect the right of foreign tourists to drive motorbikes in the Dawei Peninsula, one of...

Yangon-Mandalay railway upgrade stalls as Japan delays providing tracks

Yangon-Mandalay railway upgrade stalls as Japan delays providing tracks

A major overhaul of the Yangon-Mandalay railway that was meant to begin earlier this year has been delayed because Japan has failed to provide the railway tracks it pledged to the...

Yangon air traffic control let a crowded plane land on an occupied runway

Yangon air traffic control let a crowded plane land on an occupied runway

Investigators of a serious “operational error” last year said in their recently released report that air traffic controllers at the Yangon International Airport allowed a...

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

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....


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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.