Monthly Archives: April 2013

Myanmar Airways International to Japan

MAI has started its charter flights to multiple airports in Japan, the very first flight from Kansai International Airport with (103) passengers arrived Mandalay International Airport on 27April 2013. MAI will continue flying to and from Myanmar and Japan and we assured high quality service. MAI ♥ You!

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MAI and Korean Air plans a flight directly to Seoul

Myanmar Airways International and Korean Air (KE) are planning a direct flight to Seoul, South Korea, Aye Maya Thar, Marketing Manager of MAI said.

“The flight is a direct flight to Seoul with KE carrier. The passengers have to buy tickets from MAI due to the code sharing system between MAI and KE for the flight,” Aye Maya Thar added.

The official signing took place on 8 April at KE’s headquarters and present at the signing ceremony were the President and CEO of KE, Chang Hoon Chi and the Managing Director of MAI, Si Thu.

The MoU will enable both airlines to promote bilateral cooperation in all areas including passenger traffic, safety, in-flight services, flight operations and maintenance.

Myanmar Airways International Co., Ltd. is the international flag carrier of Myanmar, headquartered in Yangon. It operates scheduled international services to destinations mainly in Southeast Asia. The carrier is based at Yangon International Airport.

Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., operating as Korean Air, is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of South Korea, with global headquarters located in Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried and is also the top-ranked international cargo airline. It was voted Asia’s best airline by Business Traveler readers in 2012.

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11 things to know before visiting Myanmar

By Kate Whitehead, for CNN

World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain is the host of CNN’s new showcase for coverage of food and travel. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” is shot entirely on location and airs on CNN International at 3 a.m. CET Monday (9 a.m. HK); repeated the following Saturday 9 p.m. CET (Sunday 3 a.m. HK) Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook. Bourdain’s first stop: Myanmar.

(CNN) — How do Burmese punks keep their mohawks standing tall?

Why does cash in Myanmar need to be kept clean?

What does making a kissing sound in a Yangon restaurant get you?

As recently as a year ago, few people would have cared about the answers to any of these questions.

But newfound political freedom has brought a surge in tourism to the once isolated country, making Myanmar a 2013 traveler’s hot spot, and a place worth getting up to speed on.

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Discovering traditional water festival in Myanmar

Come April, Myanmar celebrates the start of the traditional new year with Thingyan, or the Water Festival.  The four-day festival, running from April 13 to 16, is a major Buddhist tradition that is observed annually across Southeast Asia. The festival involves water-splashing spree, exchanges of well wishes between the elderly and the young and family get-together. Buddhists believe water washes away bad luck and evil and ushers in prosperity and happiness.

The festival has somehow evolved over the years unceremoniously on the ground. Gangs of youths go on the rampage armed with water pistols, buckets and hoses, causing watery havoc. It’s a festival of fun, dance and wild music rife with booze and sleaze.

However, the Rakhine community of Yangon defies all the odds by preserving their cultural heritage for generations. They are celebrating Thingyan at its most traditional at the Rakhine Water Festival, which kicks off on April 14 for a three-day run at the Thuwanna Stadium in Thingangyun Township.

Dating their first kingdom of Dhanyawaddy in western Myanmar to 3325 BC, the Rakhine or Arakanese love music and literature and practiseTheravada Buddhism in much the same way as other major ethnic communities including the Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Barma, Mon and Shan.

The Rakhine are credited with inventing Thingyan.

A legend has it that in 568 BC, the Buddha visited Dhanyawaddy and bestowed his own Mahamuni image upon King Sandar Suriya. Blessed by the Buddha himself, the statue was considered holy and worshipped by locals who developed a practice of pouring perfumed lustral water on the idol and used the remainder in the bowls to splash each other for fun. Thingyan was born.

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Singapore firms to increase investments in Myanmar’s hotels and constructions

More investments from Singapore, the country’s sixth largest investor, will focus on civil constructions and hotel industry of Myanmar, according to the businessmen at Singapore-Myanmar Business Forum in Yangon on April 4.

Tan Soon Kim, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore’s Southeast Asia Division’s Director, said that Myanmar needs more hotels and infrastructure to accommodate the needs of its growing tourism industry.

He pointed out that Myanmar will chair World Economic Forum 2013 in Nay Pyi Taw in June, and will host Southeast Asia Games in December. Besides, it will become the chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations in 2014, all these indicating possible surge in the number of tourists to Myanmar.

Thus, IE Singapore is interested to invest in constructions and hotel businesses in Myanmar, he added.

However, there are still possible land issues for foreign investors in Myanmar and most investors will require to make joint-ventures with local companies, Aung Lwin, Deputy Chairman of the Republic of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI), said.

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Maungmagan beach (Southern Part of Myanmar) packed with visitors



Photo by EMG

Maungmagan is a village and beach located approximately 12 kilometers north-west of Dawei, the capital of Thaninthayi region. It is the second oldest beach established in Myanmar after Ngapali.

It is approximately 45-minutes drive away from Dawei. It was a popular beach destination in Myanmar until the establishment of Chaungtha which is much closer to Yangon.

“Starting last year, the beach has been packed with visitors around the country. Last week, visitors from Kachin State came with three buses. Some were from Yangon.

Not only local group tours or families but also foreign travelers visit the beach very often now as Yangon- Dawei road is improved. I think more people will be visiting the beach in the future,” a shopkeeper said.

Though the number of visitors has increased in Maungmagan, there are not many places to accommodate the visitors.
“The main problem is not enough rooms for the visitors especially during holidays. There are only ten bungalows on the beach. It will be much more convenient
(for the visitors) if there are enough hotels on the beach. Many restaurants are located along the beach” a local shop owner said.

Dawei Development Public Company is planning to build more hotels on the beach. Investors have also expressed their interest in hotel business at Maungmagan beach area.

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Esteemed diplomat’s Yangon home to become a museum

The home of Myanmar’s most esteemed diplomat, former UN secretary general U Thant, will be turned into a museum from Saturday, his daughter said.

The home of the late diplomat, who as the first UN secretary general from Asia succeeded in defusing the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, is located in Yangon’s Kamayut township.

There will be no admission fees as the museum will be funded by well-wishers, U Thant’s daughter Aye Aye Thant said.

It will display documents, papers and photos from the time U Thant lived in Myanmar, before he was assigned to UN headquarters in New York.

U Thant was secretary general of the UN for 10 years from 1961.
He died in New York in 1974.

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