Month: June 2009

News: Face mask price rocketing in Yangon

After the announcement of the country’s first H1N1 influenza by the state media on Sunday, face mask price in Yangon suddenly increases dramatically. According to one of my friends who wrote “Face mask price skyrocketing in Yangon and even shortage.…

First H1N1 influenza in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State media announced the country’s first swine flu case on 28 June 2009. The patient is a 13 year old school girl who came back from Singapore after a short visit. She arrived without showing signs and symptoms of…

Mandalay travel guide – Zaycho Market

Zaycho  Market (also spelled Zay Cho, Zeigyo, Zaygyo, Zegyo Market) is the largest and the most important market in Mandalay as well as in upper Burma. Built since the time of King Mindon, Zaycho market is one of the oldest…

News: Myanmar visa on arrival

According to a news report from Xinhua News Agency, Myanmar (Burma) is planning to issue visa on arrival service to foreign visitors in order to promote the country’s tourism industry. Diamond Palace and Travel and Tour Co. Ltd has got…

Mandalay Travel Guide – Atumashi Monastery

Maha Atulawaiyan Kyaungdawgyi (or) Incomparable Monastery A few hundred meters south of Kuthodaw Pagoda is the Atumashi Monastery (Maha Atulawaiyan Kyaungdawgyi or Incomparable Monastery). Originally built by King Mindon, the founder of Mandalay, in 1857, the original monastery was burned…

Mandalay Travel Guide – Kuthodaw Pagoda

Kuthodaw pagoda is situated at the base of the South East stairway (zaungdan) of Mandalay Hill, just to the east of Sandamuni (Sandamani) Pagoda. The pagoda is surrounded by high walls on all four sides, with the central structure being…