March 2013 (Newsletter)

RAZAGYIO HOTEL IN BAGAN

Razagyio Hotel is a 40 rooms hotel located in New Bagan, close to the main temples attractions and 10 kilometers from the airport. The building was totally refurbished and reopened in December 2012. The hotel has 34 Superior rooms and 6 deluxe rooms, with air conditioning, spacious and comfortable with modern facilities. Wifi connection is available in the entire building; Facilities such 24 hours room service, Satellite TV, swimming pool are available.

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SHWE YEE PYINT HOTEL IN BAGAN

Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel is an elegant small boutique hotel situated in New Bagan. The existing building was totally refurbished and reopened under the new hotel name of Shwe Yee Pwint in September 2012.

The hotel and accommodations offer a charming atmosphere. The 33 rooms, 14 Superior and 19 Deluxe are nicely designed with elegant decoration; rooms are spacious and nicely furnished; Facilities like Wifi connection, separate bath tap and showers are available in all rooms. The hotel has a swimming pool and equipped with conference facilities. The property is located at short distances from the main temples, 10 kilometers from the airport and 12 kilometers from Nyaung Oo.

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OASIS HOTEL IN BAGAN

Small charming hotel of 15 rooms located close to Nyaung Oo. The hotel was totally renovated and reopened recently in December 2012. Rooms are cozy and elegant with modern facilities; the hotel has a total of 10 superior and 5 deluxe rooms. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the hotel offers a peaceful retreat, close to the city center of Nyaung Oo, as well as the temples. Wifi Internet is available in the roomS and AT the reception area. Ownership and management are the same as Tharabar Gate and Ariendmar Hotels in Bagan.

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AUNG THA PYAY HOTEL YANGON

Aung Tha Pyay Hotel has recently opened in the heart of Yangon, close to the Sule Pagoda and the Independence monument. The hotel has 35 rooms; most of them are Standard rooms, with a family room and a Suite room. Rooms have air conditioning, hot water, mini-bar, IDD telephone for International phone calls, flat screen TV. Wifi Internet connection is accessible at the lobby. The hotel serves breakfast only but does not propose meals for lunch or dinner. The hotel, to be classified in Standard category, is conveniently located in the city center at walking distance from the historical sites of interest such as the various colonial building around the area.

AVENUE 64 HOTEL YANGON

Avenue 64 Hotel is a new trendy 34  rooms hotel opened in February 2013 and located 10 minutes driving from the International and domestic airports. Rooms are spacious, elegant with modern design and facilities. The hotel is a perfect address for leisure or business guests to stay overnight before a connecting flight or for a day-use. The top floor has a large fitness center with modern equipments. Lounge, Jacuzzi and Sauna are also available as well as a meeting room. A swimming pool will be ready by end of 2013. Wifi connection is available in the rooms and Internet access at the business center.

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MORE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES TO FLY TO MANDALAY

Air Asia was the first International airlines carrier to operate direct flights from Bangkok to Mandalay in last January 2013. Myanmar Airways International has now followed recently by launching a daily connection between both cities.

Thai Airways will soon also start to operate a 4 times a week flight to Mandalay from Bangkok by the 31st of March 2013

Below are the flights schedules from/to Mandalay to/from Bangkok:


MAI

Flight

Days

From

To

Departure

Arrival

8M 335

Daily

Mandalay

Bangkok

08:25

10:45

8M 336

Daily

Bangkok

Mandalay

06:15

07:35

Air Asia

Flight

Days

From

To

Departure

Arrival

FD 2761

Daily

Mandalay

Bangkok

12:50

15:15

FD 2760

Daily

Bangkok

Mandalay

10:55

12:20

Thai Airways

Days

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat

Bangkok

Mandalay

07:30

08:55

Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat

Mandalay

Bangkok

09:35

12:00

 

 

Twante Pottery Village

Twante is a small provincial town famous for its pottery activities, 25 kilometers far from Yangon. An interesting way to reach Twante is to take the passengers ferry in Yangon and to reach Dalla from the other bank of the river. The ferry ride gives a chance to observe the boats and the port activities but also provide a panoramic view on the massive old colonial buildings along the river.

After reaching Dalla, a pre arranged car or a local taxi can bring you to Twante. The transfer takes around 45 minutes on a narrow road through paddies fields until to reach the small town of Twante. Twante is well known for its pottery activities handled by few families since several generations.

To visit one of the workshops gives an interesting view of the process of making the pots.

Since the Nargis cyclone, and facing the shortage of water in villages, many of the workshops have developed water filters made in clay mostly sent to the Arakan region and the Irrawaddy Delta, the two regions the most affected by the cyclone at this time.

Others sites of interests are the lively and busy market, but also the Shwe san Daw Pagoda with an architecture similar to the Shwedagon Pagoda. A look at the Twante river gives the opportunity to see different types of cargo boats carrying varieties of goods between the Irrrawaddy Delta and Yangon. Garden Relax Restaurant can be a good address for a lunch break before to come back to Yangon in the early afternoon. The all trip might take around 4 to 5 hours or the full day if combined with a short visit of Dalla on the way back to Twante before to catch up the ferry boat to return to Yangon.