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 from Shwegyin township in Bago region showed how the area had become a vast lake of water. Only the rooftops could be seen of many homes lining the Sittaung ...

Transportation

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,...

Myanmar pilot lands plane with no front wheels as landing gear fails

Myanmar pilot lands plane with no front wheels as landing gear fails

A Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft's landing gear failed, forcing the jet into an emergency landing with no front wheels on Sunday morning, an official said.

Passengers, crew injured as flight from Bangladesh skids off runway at Yangon Int’l

Passengers, crew injured as flight from Bangladesh skids off runway at Yangon Int’l

Nearly 20 passengers and crew aboard a Biman Bangladeshi Airlines flight were injured yesterday evening as their plane slammed into the tarmac of Yangon International Airport and...


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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.