‘We want our mountains back’: the fight over Myanmar’s marble hills

MADAYA, Myanmar: Faces covered in white dust and chisels in hand, marble sculptors in Myanmar say the hills that have given them a livelihood for generations are disappearing, as large companies reap the rewards of the prized white rock. The deafening sound of cutting and grinding machines, punctuated by the tapping of hammers and chisels, […]

The time is now: Why you should see Southern Myanmar’s seldom-visited beaches and trading towns

The recent opening up of southern Myanmar means intrepid travelers can now venture south, where quaint trading towns are untouched by tourism and sandy beaches are local secrets, as Keith Lyons discovers. For most visitors to Myanmar, a day or overnight trip to Kyaiktyo, better known as Golden Rock, is as far south as they […]

In mountains near Nay Pyi Taw, a test case for hydropower sector

Villages, towns and cities are born for many reasons: Some develop as trading centres, while others spring up as a result of a gold rush. In Myanmar, many are agricultural communities, relying on the fertile fields around them to bring prosperity to residents. In the early 2000s, Nay Pyi Taw was built for strategic and […]