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 Pyay-Payas
 

Unlike the ‘Road to Mandalay’ the ‘Road to Pyay’ or Prome as it was known, is less well travelled by those on the tourist trail.

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Bagan remains the jewel in the crown of tourism attractions in Myanmar. Tourists visit a temple in Bagan. Photo: Mizzima
Bagan remains the jewel in the crown of tourism attractions in Myanmar. Tourists visit a temple in Bagan. Photo: Mizzima

Bagan has been pushed to second place by Luang Prabang in this year’s ranking by a magazine of the world’s top city tourist destinations, according to Wanderlust Travel Magazine.

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Tourists travel by boat on Inlay Lake, Nyaungshwe Township, Taunggyi, Shan Sate, Myanmar, 08 December 2014. Photo: EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING
Tourists travel by boat on Inlay Lake, Nyaungshwe Township, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar, December 8, 2014. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

President U Thein Sein gave an upbeat speech at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in which he expressed his hope that Myanmar’s tourism industry could attract as many as 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015.

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Pleasant and Peaceful Putao

Putao
 Photo: Hans Hulst

It takes about four hours and stops in Mandalay and Myitkyina to arrive at the modest airport of Putao, in Northern Kachin State, but those who persevere will find a valley of tranqulity and picturesque scenery coupled with a cool climate.

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The sex industry and tourism: Realities and challenges

Sex work is less out in the open in Myanmar than in Thailand. Contacts between foreign clients and night workers are often arranged in Yangon’s discos and nightclubs. Photo: Hein Htet
Sex work is less out in the open in Myanmar than in Thailand. Foreign clients often meet sex workers in Yangon's nightclubs. Photo: Hein Htet

“Will Myanmar become like Thailand?”

It is a question at the forefront of discussion on Myanmar's rapidly growing tourism sector and it is usually about sex tourists.

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Get-on-your-bikeIt’s true that riding a bicycle in downtown Yangon is illegal, but that doesn’t stop the group of more than 40 cyclists who join the weekly Friday night ride. Gathering at the Bike World shop off Pyay Road near Inya Lake at 10:00pm, they head out in a pack, stopping for drinks downtown before arriving back to Bike World about midnight.