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(eVisa) Electronic visa to Myanmar starts on 01st Sep'14

For the convenience of the visitors to Myanmar , ( eVisa) 'Electronic visa on line system' is start to practicing on '01 Sep 2014' . Visitors from 41 countries currently can apply the visa through http://www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm/ . The followings are the facts available on the website and below for your reference.

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We are please to launches Columbus Travel mobile application for Android version. Please download @google play store as following link.

Traders rebrands Yangon hotel to Shangri-La name

Yangon Landmark Traders Hotel rebranded to Sule Shangri-La Yangon last week following two-and-a-half-years of renovations. Shangri-La is also developing Sule Square beside Sule Shangri-La with a targeted completion date of 2015. The multi-storey commercial tower will include offices, retail space and underground parking. It has also announced plans to build a 350-room lakeside Shangri-La hotel near Kandawgyi Lake with investment of US$115 million.

( Source : MyanmarTimes May 5-11,2014 by ZAW WIN THAN )

Singapore-based Silk Air will extend its direct flight to Mandalay

The new service will be introduced during the Northern Summer operating season, between 30 March 2014 and 25 October 2014. SilkAirís Services to Mandalay, Myanmar
(From 10 June 2014)

Flight Number Routing Day of Operation Departure* Arrival*
MI 533 SIN-RGN-MDL Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday SIN 1135 hrs MDL 1500 hrs
MI 533 MDL-SIN Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday MDL 1555 hrs SIN 2050 hrs

Singapore (SIN) Mandalay (MDL)


Annual trips have risen four-fold in just five years thanks to cheaper tickets, better service and improved infrastrucre.

The most popular dstinations include Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon state, Bagan, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Shwesettaw Pagoda in Magwe,and

Alaungdaw Kathapa and Monywa in Sagaing Region.

(Source : Ei Ei Thu , MyanmarTimes March 24-30 2014)

Indawgyi, Natmataung in line for heritage list

Two protected areas of great natural beauty, Natmataung National Park in Chin State and Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Kachin State,may soon feature on UNESCO's World Heritage List, the international body said last week.The sites have been recommended for priority nomination. Natmataung , formerly known as Mt Victoria, as an alphin "sky island" with a diversity of Himalayan flora. It is home to more than 800 plant species, including a rich variety of orchids, and several endemic bird species.Indawgyi Lake, one of the largest lakes in Southeast Asia, provides a habitat for 10 globally threatened bird species and is of outstanding value for the conservation of migrating birds.The lake also contains important endemic fish and turtle species, such as the Burmese peacock turtle.

(Source : Aye Sapay Phyu, MyanmarTimes March 24-30 2014)

PTTEP to invest $3.3b in new Myanmar gas and oil projects

Thai oil firm prepares to make even more investments in onshore and offshore blocks

State-owned Thai oil firm PTT Exploration and Production Plc(PTTEP) , one of Thailand's largest, currently has funds in seven oil and gas projects in the country and gas projects in Myanmar and plans to use its latest allocation to begin extraction operations this year at a gas field project in the Gulf of Martaban called the Zawtika Project.

(Source : MyanmarTimes March 3-9 2014)

Singapore, Myanmar firm roll out $230m 'Golden City'

Singapore-owned development firm Uni Global Power Ltd togerther with local partners have rolled out plans to build a US$230 million complex in Yangon's Yankin township that will feature several residential skyscrapers, a five-star hotel and a shopping mall.

(Source : MyanmarTimes March 3-9 2014)

New UNESCO approach for Bagan

The government will try a different approach to get UNESCO'sWorld Heritage status for its historic Bagan Archaelogical Zone by attempting to register pagodas individually as opposed to as a singular site -

Authorities have wanted UNESCO to include the most important Bagan pagodas on its World Heritage List.

(Source : MyanmarTimes March 3-9 2014)

US Export-Import Bank opens doors in Myanmar

The US Export-Import Bank last week began to offer credit for trade with Myanmar, hoping to support businesses against competitors in a market ....

Effective immediately, Us exporters can turn to the Export-Import Bank to seek credit insurance on their products, direct loans or loan guarantees.

(Source : MyanmarTimes Feb 10-16 2014)

JICA onboard to help modernise bank trading systems in Myanmar

A new payment system to facilitate international business transactions could be in use in 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)

announced Last week. Central Bank deputy governer U Set Aung and JICA Myanmar's chief representative Tanaka Masahiko signed the agreement to modernise the funds payment and securities settlement systems on February 4.

(Source : MyanmarTimes Feb 10-16 2014)

Companies Act update coming in May

The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration(DICA), U Aung Naing Oo announced the intention to submit a draft of the new Myanmar Companies Act in May to parliament . The old Burma Companies Act 1914 which includes some bureaucratic processes , such as slow business registration process and court activities will be revise and replace with the new one . Although the draft needs some more stages to go through , the speculation is high for the new Act to be enacted this year. (Source : MyanmarTimes Jan 13-19 2014)

JICA, govt to sign railway loan deal in early 2014

JAPAN will loan Myanmar US$200 million of the $500 million required to upgrade the Yangon-Mandalay Railway early next year, a Japan International Cooperation Agency official said last week.(Source : MyanmarTimes Dec 30,2013 - Jan 5, 2014)





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Myanmar also offers a variety of natural beauties and historical artifacts such as dazzling waterfalls, graceful lakes, enchanting caves, sparkling beaches, reverines, and the unique cultures of different ethnic groups in addition to the thousand year old golden pagodas scattered around Burma, especially in Bagan and Mandalay.

Beauty Beach in Burma

The people of Myanmar can be called Burman or Burmese. Burmese people are friendly, pleasant, and charming. According to our clients, one of Myanmar's most appealing perspectives is its people. Burmese people are kind and willing to help. One lovely feature of Burmese people is their hospitality and welcoming heart towards all guests. When they meet foreigners, they do not think how to make money out of them, but how they can be of help if asked. This is how Burma is different from other countries.

"MIN GA LA BA", the lovely traditional greeting way of Myanmar can be used to greet anyone at anytime of the day during your visit. It is the equivalent of "Sawasdee" in Thai. Another Burmese word you may need to know while your visit is KYAY ZU BE, pronounced JayZuBe means "Thank you".

Beauti Lady in Burma

In Myanmar, the Ayarwaddy River flows its way southward from the confluence of two small rivers in Kachin state in northern Myanmar. It is both the lifeblood and soul of Burma. Along the banks stand many ancient capitals of Burmese kings where existing historic monuments reveal their glorious greatness. Bagan, located in the heart of Myanmar consists of thousands of ancient pagodas, is recognized as one of the miraculous wonders of the world. It presents the rich cultural heritage of Burma and makes Burma one of the archaeological treasure houses in Asia and the world.

The infrastructure in Burma is now more developed currently, so travel to Myanmar is no longer an adventurous journey. Myanmar is one of the safest tour destinations in Asia opening her doors and stretching out her hands welcoming travelers around the world to visit Burma.

Tour Visa

Visa can be obtained at every Myanmar embassy or consulate by submitting a passport and (3) photos. The Visa fee is USD 30.

We can arrange Visa on arrival for your trip to Myanmar. We need your full name on the passport and number, scanned passport size of your photo, date of birth, occupation, father's name, home address, nationality and your Int'l flight details 3 weeks working days prior to your arrival, in order of us to get permission from the Tourism Regulation Department and then submit it to the Immigration Department.

After your Visa is approved, we will inform your international flight to let you check in without a Visa in your passport. So it is important for us to know your international flight number and your booking reference ( PNR ).

Visa fees is USD 30 per person and service fees is USD 20 per person. Total USD 50 per person.

We provide Visa on arrival service to the person who take full package tour or who at least taking our services like Accommodation, Flight, Car and Guide etc.. from us or according to the rules and regulations from the ministry.

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