MAY 2014 (Newsletter)




For the first time in Mandalay, a newly launched Oriental Ballooning Company is offering balloons flights service from last December 2013 till last March 2014 and will restart operation by October 2014. The balloons are made by the UK’s largest and longest-established balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons, and are inspected and maintained to the highest standards by certified Balloon Inspectors working to standards set by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The company has total six balloons, among them two balloons can carry four passengers each and the remaining four balloons can carry eight passengers each. It will also be expanding balloons flight operations to Bagan and Inle Lake very soon. The company hired experienced British pilots and they are UK Commercial Balloon pilot licensed holders. International insurance also covered for the passengers. Oriental Ballooning is a subsidiary of Amata Group, which is currently doing Amata Resort and Spa in Ngapali beach and Amata Garden Resort in Inle Lake. The balloons launches just before sunrise, subject to suitable weather conditions and the price is US$ 300 per person, according to the company.



For those who have few hours to spend between 2 flights connection at Yangon Airports but do not want necessarily drive to the city center, the Myanmar Life Hotel offers a perfect place to take some rest with no stress and enjoy the swimming pool at few minutes’ drives from the Airport.


Mann Yadanarpon Airlines is a privately owned domestic airline based in Mandalay International Airport with IATA code 7Y. The airline began operations on February, 2014 with one aircraft, a brand new ATR 72 – 600 providing flights to 7 destinations. The airline has ordered a second ATR 72-600 to complete her fleet soon as well an Airbus A-320 to develop regional flights after two years operations period.



Areindamar hotel is a newly opened hotel in Bagan after an entire renovation in November 2012. The hotel is located in New Bagan area. The property offers 50 large and nicely decorated Deluxe rooms with facilities such as wifi Internet connection, safety box, coffee making facilities, 24 hours room service. The interior hotel compound offer privacy with magnificent trees as well as a beautiful swimming pool. Among the 50 rooms, 36 are located in the main building and 12 in a new annex opposite to the hotel; Areindmar Hotel is managed by Tarabar group of hotels.


Blue Bird is a nice small lodge in the New Bagan area with 24 deluxe rooms; The large rooms and the swimming pool are set in tropical gardens giving a very private atmosphere, a kind of Oasis in Bagan to relax in a peaceful and private environment


Zfreeti hotel has newly opened in last December 2013 and is conveniently located in the heart of Nyaung Oo, the small provincial town of Bagan area; the hotel has a total of 102 rooms in different rooms categories, deluxe, Superior, Standard and Suites; Internet wifi access, swimming pool, payment by credit (Visa and Master) are among the services available at the hotel with a restaurant located at the rooftop.

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