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The Mergui Archipelago, Burma. Pic: AP.

Flights, e-visas drive dramatic growth of tourism in Burma

By Mon, Jan 12, 2015 1:44PM UTC Comments Off The Mergui Archipelago, Burma. Pic: AP.

In 2014 Burma (Myanmar) received about 1.5 million more tourists than in 2013, while Thailand received 2 million less tourists in 2014 compared to the previous year....

Burma’s tourism star on the rise as Thailand tries to bounce back

By Sat, Jan 10, 2015 2:48PM UTC Comments Off Balloons float over the famous pagodas of Bagan, Burma. Pic: AP.

The future just keeps looking brighter for Burma (Myanmar), at least from a business perspective. International investments have gathered pace since the country's march toward democratization began in 2010. The tourism industry has been booming recently, thanks to increased flights, ease of travel, and the government's increasingly open attitude toward the international community. ...

Trekking and homestays in Burma’s Shan State

By Thu, Apr 03, 2014 12:14AM UTC Comments Off Trekking and homestays in Burma’s Shan State

FOR a taste of rural Burma and the opportunity to enjoy homestays in villages along the way, head to Shan State in the country's northeast. With rolling hills, few roads and welcoming locals, it's an experience not to be forgotten....

48 hours in Burma: A Bagan adventure

By Fri, Mar 29, 2013 1:14PM UTC 1 Comment Balloons float over the famous pagodas of Bagan, Burma. Pic: AP.

By Sarah Waldron I HAD a plan. And I only had 48 hours to do it. Get myself from Bangkok to Bagan, a small ancient city southwest of Mandalay, Burma and back to Bangkok in just over two days. Was it ideal, this slapdash trip to one of the world’s most fascinating countries? It certainly...

Tourists trickle into violence-hit western Burma

By Tue, Nov 27, 2012 11:00AM UTC 1 Comment A Buddhist monk walks along ancient pagodas in Mrauk-U, Rakhine state, western Myanmar. Mrauk-U itself has been spared the bloodshed between the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that has scarred other parts of Rakhine state. But just 10 kilometers (six miles) to the south, there is a village where civilians were reportedly beheaded in a massacre last month that saw women and children slaughtered, then buried in mass graves. Pic: AP.

MRAUK-U, Burma (AP) — It was dusk in a corner of Burma recently shaken by some of the bloodiest sectarian violence in a generation, and a dozen Canadian tourists climbed to the top of a grassy hill, cameras ready to capture the sweeping view. Moss-covered pagodas rose from foggy hilltops all along the horizon, their...

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