Myauk U to reopen to tourists
Myauk U will probably soon be welcoming tourists, according to Myanmar's Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Tucked away in northern Rakhine State, the ministry had allowed tour agencies to organise travel to Myauk U since the early months of 2008. It was temporarily closed from August 30 to September 25 last year due to the crisis in Rakhine State and again late last year. Ngapeli Beach in Thantwe Township, Waitharli old city in Myauk U Township and the Mahamuni Buddha in Kyaut Taw Township are the main tour destinations.
Yangon gets its Shangri-La
The Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Group will open Shangri-La Residence in Yangon in the third quarter of 2013. Located near Kandawgyi Lake, the property will consist of two towers with 240 serviced apartments in total. The residence will also include a swimming pool, fitness centre, shopping arcade, meeting and banquet facilities, massage and spa services, dining facilities and baby-sitting services as well as long-term room rentals. - Eleven Media
Knut at the museum
Knut the polar bear is back - on display in Berlin museum. Nearly two years after dying in the Berlin Zoo, Knut the polar bear has returned as a life-size model on display until March 15 at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This replica of the bear was made based on Knut’s skeleton and covered with his pelt, which had been preserved with a special treatment. The eyes are made of glass. The museum said the model would be included in another exhibition in 2014. - DPA
Down and out in Queensland
The outback of Queensland will host a number of quite strange events in the coming weeks. Easter in the Country will take place in Roma from March 27-31 offering visitors drag races, motocross and bull riding. The Dirt and Dust Festival in Julia Creek features the best bog snorkellers in Australia as they paddle through mud with snorkels and fins. Visit www.EasterInTheCountry.com.au and www.DirtNDust.com.
Vietnam looks for strong brand
Vietnam's tourism industry is desperate for strong brand to gain recognition from the global market as well as to attract more foreign tourists. The country's tourism industry, experts say, hasn't been able to represent Vietnam in a unique way, so it fails to win the tourists to Vietnam. Coming up with a strong brand that would help Vietnam stand out would require extensive preparation over a long time. - Viet Nam News/ANN
Pedal power in Asia
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