Yangon-Mawlamyine train journey will be cut to 6 hours by 2019

The train ride from Yangon to Mawlamyine will be cut from nine and a half hours to just six hours when improvements to the railroad are completed in 2019, Myanma Railways announced on Sunday. Mawlamyine is Myanmar’s fourth largest city and lies just under 200 miles from Yangon. It is known for its heritage buildings, ...

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Nok Air to launch direct Yangon-Mae Sot flights this month

Nok Air to launch direct Yangon-Mae Sot flights this month

Thai low-cost airline Nok Air is preparing to launch direct international flights between Mae Sot and Yangon starting from October 29, boosting connectivity between Yangon’s...

Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world

Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world

Yangon was ranked second to last in the Safe Cities Index 2017, released this week by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Myanmar’s biggest city suffers from low investment in...

11 Rohingya children, 3 adults killed as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

11 Rohingya children, 3 adults killed as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

At least 14 Rohingya refugees were killed when the boat carrying them away from violence in Myanmar capsized off the southern tip of Bangladesh late last night. Most of the...

Bangladesh scuttles boats, jails captains to curb Rohingya influx

Bangladesh scuttles boats, jails captains to curb Rohingya influx

Bangladesh has destroyed at least 30 wooden fishing boats to deter local captains from smuggling Rohingya refugees and illegal drugs across the border from strife-torn Myanmar,...

Start taking the Yangon Water Bus this Friday

Start taking the Yangon Water Bus this Friday

After several delays, Yangon’s newest public transportation option will begin shuttling passengers along the city’s surrounding waterways this Friday. The initial fleet will...

INGOs demand end to restrictions on movement in Rakhine

INGOs demand end to restrictions on movement in Rakhine

Eighteen international humanitarian organizations released a statement yesterday demanding an end to the severe restrictions that have prevented them from delivering assistance to...

BREAKING: Myanmar military searching for lost training jet

BREAKING: Myanmar military searching for lost training jet

The Myanmar military has announced that it is searching for a training jet that went missing shortly after takeoff this morning. The jet took off from Pathein, and the military...

Mingaladon car wreck kills 2, injures 4

Mingaladon car wreck kills 2, injures 4

Two men were killed yesterday morning when their taxi slammed into the back of a truck parked on the side of the road in Mingaladon Township. One of the deceased was the driver....

Yangon Water Bus boats arrive in Yangon from Australia

Yangon Water Bus boats arrive in Yangon from Australia

The first two vessels in the Yangon Water Bus fleet arrived from Australia yesterday at Yangon’s Nanthida Jetty, where they will undergo government inspections. “We’ve had...


 

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.