Motorbikes for Yangon

Despite being the commercial center in the largest country in South East Asia, Yangon is a strange city for one main reason. It is the only city on the continent not to allow motorbikes. In Vietnam pedestrians in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh compete with pavement space with 100 CC Hondas and Yamahas, and in […]

Beggars or swindlers: untold stories of Yangon beggars

A cry of “Hey, don’t tread on me!” emerged from the busy crowd at the Thadingyut festival food stalls. An old woman, dressed in the brown robes of a yogi, was lying down holding a lit candle with one hand, and grasping a cup with money inside with the other. She was a beggar. Despite […]

Mandalay invites bids for CCTVs at 32 traffic lights

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is inviting open tenders for installation of 11 SCATS system real-time traffic light sensors and CCTV cameras at all traffic lights installed with SCATS systems in the city to boost motorist safety and reduce car accidents. Twenty-one SCATS system traffic light sensors were installed in traffic lights during fiscal […]

Yangon’s downtown roadside shops increased tenfold under current government

The number of roadside shops increased tenfold in downtown Yangon during the tenure of the ruling government, according to an official from the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The government tried to reduce the number of roadside shops, but the plan failed, and the number increased from 5,000 to 50,000 in five years in the […]