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March, 2016
Dubai airline Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon in Myanmar and Hanoi in Vietnam from August 3, 2016. The route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration. The flight will depart daily from Dubai as EK388 at 02:50hrs arriving at Yangon International Airport at 11:05hrs. The service will then depart from Yangon at 12:35hrs and arrive at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 14:50hrs. The return flight, EK389 will depart Hanoi at 22:50hrs, arriving at Yangon at 00:20hrs the next day. The service will then depart from Yangon at 01:50hrs and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 05:05hrs.

Ngapali Beach - chosen Best Beach in Asia by Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice.

Oriental Ballooning - continues to pioneer new destinations as they offer balloon flights at Ngapali beach. The balloon flights take off in the early morning as at other ballooning destinations and will allow views of the unspoiled beaches of the Bay of Bengal and drift gently over untouched jungles and hills. There are also amazing glimpses of bustling markets with friendly villagers, golden temples and pagodas and the graceful Kissapanadi river which meanders through the old colonial town of Thandwe. The balloon flights are currently operating and the season is expected to be November 1 – March 15.
Airport expansion - Yangon International airport is undergoing work to cope with increasing traffic flows. Last year 4 million passengers were processed through the airport against an official capacity of 2.7 million. The expansion, located adjacent to the current domestic terminal, will double the number of deplaning bridge connections for international arrivals from four to eight. This should be completed by the third or fourth quarter of this year and the new expansion building will be connected with the existing international terminal. The current outdated domestic terminal in the middle will be demolished and a new one built. (the photo shown is several months old so work is farther along).
Train & track upgrade - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is sponsoring improvements to the line between Yangon and Mandalay and it is hoped travel time can eventually be halved (from about 14-16 hours to 7- 8 hours) as at the moment the poor condition of the tracks requires the trains to go slowly. There is also on new train on the project although the rest of the routes are run by older trains. JICA, is also helping modernize Yangon’s circular railway which goes around Yangon.
Trams in Yangon - Almost a century after trams stopped running in Yangon, a new electric line along Strand Road has opened with 50 year old tram cars from Japan. Myanmar’s Ministry of Rail Transportation and Japan’s West Corporation are funding the project, to try and relieve some of the pressure on the city’s congested streets. The three-carriage commuter vehicle will run six times each day, from 8am to 1pm, starting from Wardan Street and travelling to Linsadaung in Botahtaung township – a journey of around 3 miles (4.8 kilometres), with tickets costing K100 each. It will eventually be connected with Yangon’s circular railway.
First Bed & Breakfast in Myanmar- The KAYIN State in Myanmar has become the country’s first state to offer a bed and breakfast (B&B) in the town of Thandaung which was also developed as a hill resort by the British. It is a very scenic and cool area at about 4,000 feet elevation and inhabited mainly by the Karen people who are mostly Christians. There are tea plantations which produce some of the best tea leaves of Southeast Asia. If visitors prefer the railway, they can arrive by train from Yangon to Taungoo in about six hours, and from Taungoo to Thandaung it is only 27 miles up by car, passing through lush virgin forests with mountain streams. The trekking is also very nice in the area and there are local trekking guides available.

EPG TRAVEL at ITB - We will be attending ITB in Berlin this year at the Myanmar Stand 201 in Hall 26B. We invite you to come by for a visit and learn more about the great opportunities for travel in Myanmar.

No.5, Nawaday Street,#601, Grand Nawaday Condominium,
Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: + 95 1 378714-19