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Thanbyuzayat provides dark memories for the few surviving slave labourers who worked on the last stretch of what became known as the Death Railway, the Japanese Imperial Army’s World War II drive to lay sleepers and rail line to link Myanmar with Thailand during its war campaign.

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Myanmar's Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is opening up outbound tour opportunities for tour companies with a plan to issue licenses. A growing number of Myanmar citizens are seeking to go to India on Buddhist pilgrimages as well as other destinations in the region. Buddhist devotees at the Mahabodhi Mahavihar in Bodh Gaya, India. Photo: EPA/STR

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has a plan to give out licenses for outbound tours and has asked tourism business operators to give them feedback.

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Selling umbrellas to tourists in Myanmar. Photo: Mizzima
 Selling umbrellas to tourists in Myanmar. Photo: Mizzima

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar are certain to exceed the expected number of over 3 million with over 100,000 more arrivals in the first week of December alone, according to a press release by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on December 17.

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As part of the drive to attract more tourists, Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism plans to develop the hill resort town of Thandaung in Kayin State, according to Minister U Htay Aung on a recent visit when he met with the local authorities and townspeople.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a kind word written about Lashio. A sprawling market town in northern Shan State. one description of Lashio says the only reason to visit the town is because it’s on the way to Muse, on the border with China about four hour’s drive away. In his 2002 book The Trouser People, Andrew Marshall tells of being told to avoid Lashio because it is “just a Chinese town.”

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Myanmar and Kazakhstan discussed the development of tourism, energy and investment relations during a visit by Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Thailand Mr Marat Yessenbayev to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon at the beginning of December.