Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:42


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Chasing a Lonely Planet cover

Savouring the sights and cuisine on Shan State's Inle Lake

For the younger generation of world travellers, there is one accessory they cannot do without – a Lonely Planet guide.

Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:31

Mining the mountains

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Digging for manganese, and a Titanic tale

U Tin Nwe has a tale to tell about manganese, a metal that is in his blood. His companies dig it out of the ground. He talks about it incessantly. Even over a drink, he and his friends shout “manganese” rather than “cheers.” And, he says, it was the lack of manganese that led to the world’s most famous passenger ship disaster a century ago.

Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:13

The aviation sector takes off

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Myanmar’s civil aviation sector is on the brink of explosive growth with the number of seats and carriers rising and infrastructure being upgraded.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 16:44

Night football

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Pitch shortages forces players to take to the streets

By day, Sule Pagoda Road is one of the busiest streets of Yangon. Packed buses loop around the pagoda towering over the downtown intersection, while cars, taxis, trishaws and pickups scramble for whatever little room is left on the tarmac. This is the heart of the city, pulsating to the rhythm of the economy.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 16:34

‘Beyond the itch’

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Activist artist pays homage to a seven year itch

"When I was a political prisoner and during my travels in the jungle, I would often be so itchy," said Ko Htein Lin, an internationally respected performer, artist and political activist.

Since the reform process began in Myanmar in 2011, a new cafe scene, one mirroring that of New York or Melbourne, has started to emerge and the race to serve a market thirsty for coffee has begun.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:48

Myanmar’s controversial census

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Down and out for the count?

The vice president of the Rakhine Literature and Culture Association, Dr San Hla Kyaw, was adamant that the people who call themselves Rohingya should not be counted in Myanmar’s first census in more than 30 years.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:30

Water woes

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Exuberant water throwing is a feature of Thingyan, Myanmar’s traditional new year celebration. But is water from the public supply or in bottles safe to drink?

Friday, 11 April 2014 16:52

Embracing CSR

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Corporate leaders reap dividends from sustainable social investment

A small but growing number of Myanmar companies are embracing the concept of corporate social responsibility, motivated by an altruistic desire to be responsible corporate citizens.

Monday, 07 April 2014 13:26

Handing to Myanmar

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Thailand bids to revive Myanmar’s oil refining as home business falters

A combination of regulatory bureaucracy, environment protection activism and political instability is undermining Thailand’s ambitions to become a regional fuel oils export hub.