Badly behaved Chinese tourists draw local ire in Myanmar

Mahagandhayon monastery in Mandalay Region is one of Myanmar’s most prominent monastic colleges. Well known for its adherence to the Buddhist monastic codes, every year it attracts thousands of tourists eager to glimpse the peaceful monastic life of the more than 1,500 monks who reside and study Buddhist teachings there. For visiting tourists, the monastery’s […]

Riding around with worries

On a Sunday and public holidays, the streets in front of the Hlaing Tharyar council office buildings are quiet and empty. U Htay Hlaing, aged 63, sits on his motorbike waiting to give his passengers a ride back home. Last year he converted his motorbike into a trishaw, which he uses to ferry people around […]

Over 100 foreigners arrested for illegal logging in Myanmar

More than 100 foreigners, most of them Chinese, were arrested in northern Myanmar in a crackdown on illegal logging. The wire news agency quoted the army-run Myawaddy newspaper as reporting that a total of 142 people, including 102 foreigners, were arrested during a military operation against logging in restive Kachin state between January 2-4. Documents […]

Myanmar Bans Foreign Fishing Boats From Its Waters

YANGON — Myanmar has banned foreign fishing vessels from its waters as of the beginning of April amid concerns about overfishing, an official from the Myanmar Fishery Federation (MFF) said. “Fish and other marine resources in our waters were declining. So [Myanmar] banned foreign fishing boats from fishing in our waters to prevent that,” said […]