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Myanmar Visa, Online Visa Application to Myanmar Maybe Possible

Posted on 11 August 2012 by Rob

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According to Voice Weekly News Journal, the Myanmar government is testing E-Visa system and Myanmar Ease Net, who is currently managing the online visa portal system has invited visitors to test its e-visa website. This is encouraging news for people that are looking to get a Myanmar Visa via online application. At this time only foreigners visiting Myanmar can qualify for this type of online visa.  If the system gets the go ahead from Myanmar authorities, it’ll be the most efficient and effective way for obtaining a Myanmar visa (Burma) as tourists do not need to visit Myanmar (Burma) embassy abroad to get a visa anymore.

“If government allows e-visa system, I think there will be more tourists who would like to visit our country.   I am quite sure that the number of visitors will rise”, mentioned by an local experienced travel guide. “We have launched an e-visa website.  It is a beta testing period so there will be a lot of traffic to our website.  Currently we are holding a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw and cannot conclude yet what the decision will be.  We will let the public know when our website will come alive for the official usage” according to a spokesperson of Myanmar Ease Net.

It is known that applying e-visa will take two weeks and when it is approved, the visa will be sent to the applicant via their email.  Visa application fees will be deducted regardless of the application being successful or not, the Voice Weekly News Journal reported. “We will accept Visa Card, Master Card, American Express Card (AMEX).  When the applicants get a visa, they need to print out a hard copy and bring it along when they visitMyanmar”, mentioned by the Myanmar Ease Net.

The two week period to get a Myanmar visa may seem a long process however, for now having an online visa application for Myanmar is seen as a good step forward. At this time, it is known that the e-visa is only for single visit and will need to apply again if the visitor wants to re-enter the country. “This e-visa only allows tourists from countries which is currently stated on our website. We will not be able to process those from other countries which are not on the list”, told by the spokesperson of Myanmar Ease Net. So if you’re looking for a Myanmar visa online, you may be in luck soon!

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27th SEA Games, Yangon Hotel Rooms Allocated

Posted on 20 June 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

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If you own a hotel in Yangon Myanmar, things can be looking up for you as the 27th SEA games are approaching. According to The Myanmar Post News Journal, Ministry of Sports had asked all hotels from Yangon to leave at least 20% of their rooms vacated for the upcoming 27th SEA Games which will be celebrated in Yangon for the first time.

Since 27th SEA games will be celebrated in 2013 December which happens to be travel peak season, most hotels are packed with travelers from all over the world.  That is why Ministry of Sports is requesting all hotels in Yangon to spare some rooms for the athletes and administrative personnel. This request was made by U Aye Myint Kyu, vice minister of Ministry of Sports, The Myanmar Post weekly news journal reported.

“We will try to arrange for best accommodation for the athletes as we can.  Hotel from Yangon Hotelier Association will be reserved for the athletes and those big name hotels will be for the management and administrative personnel.” Told by U Aye Myint Kyu, vice minister of Ministry of Sports.

Even though the vice minister did not state the amount of rooms to be left for the SEA game, various sources from Hotels told that he had requested at least 20% to be left for the government’s usage for the SEA game.  Currently, there are 187 hotels in Yangon and 7,934 rooms in total.  Six types of sporting events will be held in Yangon during 27th SEA games and there will be about a thousand of athletes and staff.

“Actually, there are only about 40 hotels which have the acceptable standard.  There will be about 1,200 rooms in total.  We need to negotiate with all hotels for this matter”, told by chairman of Yangon Zone Hotelier Association, U Tin Win.

In terms of hotel prices in Yangon, Myanmar, it is known that the government expects to charge about $50 per day for the room which will include breakfast and lunch. As economy is growing in Myanmar, to get a room is becoming a challenge in Yangon.  “Even though it is a low season, all rooms are booked.  We have such difficulty to book a room for our guests” told by one of the staff from newly formed travel agency. So if you’re planning on attending the 27th SEA games in Myanmar, you’re advised to book your hotel room in advance!

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Thai Embassy in Yangon Suspends Visa Applications from Travel Agents

Posted on 12 June 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

Yangon, Myanmar: Thai Embassy in Yangon recently suspended visa issue to those that applied via travel agents because of fake information given by certain travel agents for visa application at the embassy, told by the visa department of Thai Embassy, Yangon.  “It’s because of using fake documents, the embassy started suspending visa issuing .  We are still waiting for the decision from the Bangkok office, concerning this matter.”

Even though the embassy held off providing visa applications through travel agents on Monday, it was only known to the public on Tuesday morning so many people who had asked travel agencies for processing their visa were delayed. Usually there are long queues of people at the Thai embassy and most of the people applied their visa through travel agents to avoid the queue.

One of the staff from non-government office shared his experience “I called up the embassy yesterday, and they did not provide a proper answer.  So I asked them to let me speak with visa officer but they only told me to send fax.  When I spoke to the visa officer, I was told that it is because of travel agents. Currently they have two black-listed travel agents for using fake air tickets. Anyway, I got visa instantly.  I saw many people queuing to apply visa at the embassy and the embassy is still providing visa for them, only those with the agents got trouble.”

Other individual explains “At first, I applied visa through travel agent.  I was informed they could not apply it now so that I came here in person to apply.  I came here at 7 AM to get a queue number for visa application, but it was already no. 104.  As I urgently needed a visa, I made a request at the visa department and they issued it at 4 PM.”

A Myanmar visa is required by all tourists to enter Myanmar. Thailand is currently a major destination for the people from Myanmar and many visit Thailand frequently either for holidays or for business.  Even though Thailand has waived visa fees, there are still some difficulties for the first time visitor to get a visa.  It is still necessary to show their possessions of land, car, telephone etc. to get a Thai visa. If you are considering a Thai visa from Myanmar, you better check ahead of time before making plans.

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Myanmar Tourism and Opportunities for Hotel & Resorts Operators

Posted on 09 June 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

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If you are looking to investing into Myanmar tourism, travel, and hospitality industry, take note. Myanmar celebrated “Thingyan” or the water festival not too long ago, which is the celebration of New Year according to Myanmar calendar.  Most offices are closed for 10 days during the Myanmar New Year and all companies are typically closed for 6 to 7  days.  It is usually the longest holiday of the whole year. Bus stations are crowded with folks who are going back to their homes and for vacations.  During this holiday, Myanmar tourism is in full bloom and hotel and resorts operators are taking advantage.

Among the vacation spots, beaches are one of the most popular destinations and Chaung Tha is among those beaches.  It is the nearest beach from Yangon usually about a 5 hour drive.  Bungalows and hotels were in full swing preparing for the holiday and they have double the room rates this year.  Even though they have set high room rates, all rooms are always fully booked by the time every year.

“We have made some changes with the room rates.  It will start from 45,000 Kyats ($54) to 70,000 Kyats ($85)” told by the owner of Grand Hotel (ChaungThaBeach), U Min Kyaw Oo.  “Yes, we have changed the hotel room rates. It will be 140,000 Kyats ($170) for a double room” told by the one of the staff from Lai Lai Hotel. Myanmar tourism is evidently going through a positive transformation and tour and package vacations to Myanmar is seen an increase in demand.

Hotel Max, one of the well known hotels in Chaung Tha Beach told that all of their rooms are fully booked for Thingyan.  The room which used to cost 40,000 Kyats ($48 ) changed to 60,000 Kyats ($73 US Dollars) to 88,000 Kyats ($ 107) as told by Hotel Max.

Ngwe Saung beach, the beach which is not very far from Chaung  Tha Beach is also popular, especially with the foreigners.  Room rates from Ngwe Saung Beachwere also raised for the upcoming Thingyan water festival, the Myanmar New Year.

Given these tourism facts, it is clear that Myanmar tourism is benefiting from increased tourism and local people being able to afford a holiday. If you are looking to take advantage of investing in Myanmar tourism and overall hospitality industry this is the time to do it. The service industry has seen a boom in the last few years and it only shows positive signs for now.

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Flights to Myanmar to Increase in Price Due to Higher Fuel Cost

Posted on 11 March 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

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Yangon,Myanmar: Some local air lines announced that new flights to Myanmar will start to take effect from 1st March, 2012 due to higher fuel surcharges.

“Ministry of Energy sent letters to local airlines stating that starting from 1st March, 2012; they will raise up the aircraft fuel prices.  As a result, private local airlines need to increase the air fare to cover up the new fuel surcharges for each and every trip.  We don’t know the new rate from Ministry of Energy yet.  Flights to Myanmar and within can be raised up about 15,000 Kyats (about 20 US dollar) more than current price” was told by one of the officers from local air line.

Yangon to Mandalay air ticket was priced at 65,000 Kyats for the local people previously and now they need to pay extra 12,000 Kyats, so that it will be 67,000 Kyats (about 81 US dollar) in total. Foreigners need to add 15 US Dollar for a Yangon-Mandalay air ticket. WithYangon- Nyaung Oo (Bagan) ticket, it was 54,000 Kyats (about 65 US dollar) for the locals and now 12,000 Kyats is added up, and new air fare will be 66,000 Kyats. For foreigners, extra 15 US Dollars have to be added to the current fare.

For Heho – Nyaung Oo air ticket, it used to cost 41,000 Kyats (about 50 US dollars) for the locals but with the new air fare, tickets will be sold for 48,000 Kyats; 7,000 Kyats and 15 US dollar for the foreigners will be collected as extra. From Mandalay to Nyaung Oo, it was 24,000 Kyats (about 30 US dollars) with the previous air fare and now it has become 31,000 Kyats because of the new fuel surcharges.  For this trip, every foreigner needs to pay 10 extra US Dollars.  To the upper most part of Myanmar, Myitkyina, from Yangon, new fuel surcharge are also raised for the locals and 25 USDollar for foreigners.

Myanmar government also raised up the petrol and diesel prices starting from 1st March.  It was about 3,500 Kyats (about 4.3 US dollar) per gallon for diesel and this was raised up to 4,000 Kyats (about 4.8 US dollar) starting from 1st March.  It was the same with petrol prices, the price became 3,700 Kyats (about 4.5 US dollar) from 3,500 Kyats per gallon.  Even though local people do not have much interest upon raising air fare, they do have some issues with the new petrol and diesel prices as they are worried that commodity prices will also increase as a consequence. So if you’re looking for flights to Myanmar either from outside or within, it pays to shop and compare prices.

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The Famous Inle Lake in Myanmar at Lowest Levels Ever

Posted on 08 March 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

Inle Lake of Myanmar, the only lake in this planet where you can find the leg rowers, has been a major tourist attraction in the region for many years. You can ride a boat along the lake and watch the leg rowers with their oddly-designed fishing net on their boat.  If you are lucky, you can even enjoy the leg rower’s boat race, at your request. However, unfortunately, the magnificent Inle Lake is in big danger now.  Water of the lake is getting scarcer, shrinking the lake area which has become narrower than ever.  Without any preservation done, the magnificentInleLakecan be disappeared in near future.

“As you all know, lake area of Inle Lakeis getting narrower, and water quality is getting worse. Previous years, even though it is not clean enough to drink, we can still use it for general purpose. But now, from health view point it is not even good to use anymore. Some of the residences still have to use the water from this lake as there are no other sources, it can affect the health of the residences either directly or indirectly. Local people should take note of this.” told by one of the nature preservation specialists.

In fact, the local people are one of the culprits in spoiling the water quality by overusing insecticides and chemical fertilizers. Water hyacinth and weeds are also overgrown in the lake, and some abandoned floating gardens need to be tidied up in a correct manner. Worst of all are the wastes from restaurants and hotels which are drained directly into the lake while cesspits are not formed properly.  Used coloring dye from local loom businesses is also being dispensed into the lake.

“Some local people are still practising nature un-friendly business but you cannot blame them as they also need to earn a proper living. Some overuse insecticides, especially in tomato fields; a lot of chemical fertilizers can be found in tomato fields. Some people dispose rubbish into the lake without any discipline.  Those are the factors diminishing the water quality.  From the viewpoint of health, people utilizing water from this lake for drinking is really a health hazard to them.” told by one of the UNDP staff.

Due to 1934’s land surveying map, lake area was 104 square miles, in 2005 it became 87.54 square miles, and in 2007 it was only 67 square miles; depicting a dramatic change confirmed byShanStategovernment land surveying department. 29 rivers are flowing intoInleLakeand drainage area is 1422 square miles in total.

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Flight Delays in Yangon

Posted on 26 February 2012 by Rob

Yangon, Myanmar: Due to the massive fog that swept over Yangon in the morning of February 23rd; there were long hour flight delays. The massive fog and low visibility resulted in about 20 flights both local and international to be stranded. Travelers were jam-packed inside the Yangon International airport. “This morning we had huge fog and light snows here, and we had no other option other than delaying all scheduled flights. There were minimum 3 hours delay.” told by one of the duty officers of Yangon International air port at about noon on February 23rd.

Among the delayed flights was the one going to Myitkyina (northern part of Myanmar) through Mandalay (middle part of Myanmar) and Bamaw (one of the cities in Myitkyna) on which National League for Democracy Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be aboard. Her Myitkyina trip for soliciting votes was scheduled to start at about10ambut due to the delay, the flight carrying Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party could only take off at about9:45 amand reached their destination at11:53 am.

Most of the flights faced 3 hours delay and some local flights got 5 hours massive delay.  “Actually the departure time is 10:45 ambut as you see, I am still waiting at the air port.”  a frustrated traveler vented out at about 1:30 pmin Yangon International air port. Consequences of the delay affected some other local airports too.  One of the travelers from local airlines, Asia Wing, told the enquiring reporter  “My trip was scheduled to depart at 12:40 PMbut it has been announced to take off at 3 PM.  So I have got to wait here.”  Her trip was from Mandalayto Myitkyina from Mandalay International airport.

As National League for Democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was planned to arrive Myitkyina at about 9,  people were gathering in front of the airport as usual. Reporting journalist from Yangon Press International said there were about 300 people and some university students were among the crowd, most of which had to be dispersed due to the holdup of the flights.  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived Myitkyina at noon time and headed to Na Ma Tee (one of the cities in Myitkyina) surrounded by 30 or 40 cars and tens of motor cycles reported by Yangon Press International.

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Myanmar Tourism, A New Era

Posted on 07 February 2012 by Rob

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Myanmar tourism, travel and hospitality sector is booming. According to the recently published statistics from the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, the income of Myanmar Tourism industry has increased by over 25% in 2011 when compared to 2010 which is valued at more than 60 million US dollars. The new Myanmar government along with its tourism policies that includes Myanmar visa regulations and its positive outlook is paying off.  In terms of pure economics, it is evident that tourists are spending more money than in previous years while visiting Myanmar. According to a well known tour guide, “Usually a tourist stays in our country for about 8 days and spends 120 USD per day on average.”

More and more tourists are pouring in to see the natural beauty of Myanmar. American tourists are increasing.  Until mid 2011, only a few Americans have visited Myanmar, making up only about 1% of total visitors.  This is a result of a travel boycott which began in 1996, initiated by the Nobel Laureate for Peace, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and endorsed by the British ex-prime minister, Tony Blair along with a few selected tour groups.  Given the boycott, Myanmar tourism and in specific travel agencies barely survived.

An experience tour guide, Htun Myat said; “We have more American visitors these days. I think it is over 40% than previous years. Due to my experience, American tourists assumed they were making a shameful mistake for visiting our country.” He added.  But after Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State, paid a visit to Myanmar and met with president U Thein Sein and also with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, things started to change.  Clearly, there are more American tourists interested in seeing Myanmar and in Myanmar tourism.

U Tint Naung from Golden Express Travel and Tour states that, there’s more demand now than in the past. “Agents who are currently handling American tourists are now interested in Myanmar and some of them have contacted us to offer package tours with us.”  He said. In terms of popular destinations in Myanmar, Bagan is one of the top destinations in Myanmar.  Visitors also visit Mandalay, the last kingdom of Myanmar and Inle Lake to see the leg rowers.  Nowadays, tourists are also visiting some remote places such as Than Phyu Zayat, a place where many of the prisoners of war gave up their lives while constructing the “Railway of Death”, the renowned bridge over the Kwai River. Myanmar tourism and the overall travel industry is definitely seeing a change and is all for the better.

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