Concerns grow over safety of ancient tower in Mandalay

Concerns are growing over the structural integrity of the watchtower in Mandalay Palace, home of the last Konbaung Dynasty, and one of the most popular tourist spots in the country, said people in the tourism industry. The 24-metre-tall tower, located in the southern part of the palace compound, is popular with visitors as a vantage […]

From boom to bust for Bagan hotels

The humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine and jailing of two Reuters journalists have hit hospitality businesses in Bagan hard, industry players admitted. But the problem goes beyond these two factors, they said. The government’s lack of law enforcement and absence of infrastructure support have throttled hotels and tourism. On a recent visit, a herd of […]

Myanmar’s Preservation Man Pursues Dream Museum

YANGON — Khin Shwe does not like to be called a “crony” — the label used to describe the wealthy Myanmar businessmen who enjoyed close relations with the previous military regime of Senior Gen. Than Shwe (1992-2011). “Now, all the Myanmar people think cronies are no good, and even the government doesn’t want to work […]