Flying in MyanmarFly in Myanmar
Myanmar has long been closed to the tourist market and offers the opportunity to see the amazing richness of the country's cultures and colours for the first and foremost. In a way, Myanmar can still seem like the uncharted Wild West, despite the daily growth of tourist companies. Yangon, Myanmar's first town, is a place where you can enjoy your week-long shopping spree by studying architectural art, enjoying pasta soup and curry, and visiting the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda and the huge Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Myanmar's numerous tea houses are full of local people who learn about the Chinese, Thai and Indian influences that make Myanmar's kitchen so special. The breathtaking plateaus are littered with more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments, most of which are Buddhist monasteries and Stupa (pagodas). Some of them have wonderful frescoes inside, but it is the views of the plain itself that are most impressive.
Ballooning is a way to see them. Lake Inle is a beautiful spectacle in the east of Myanmar: not only because of its tranquil seas, its swimming pools and stilt cottages, but also because of the special rowers' techniques used by Skyffs. You do not drive the canoes with your hands, but with your feet through the sea, and it is a one-of-a-kind spectacle.
The name Mandalay evokes a rather dreary picture, and beyond the hectic pace of the inner cities you will find tree-lined roads, theaters, churches and a multitude of handicraft businesses.
Burma alerts emirates for violation of no-fly area
Myanmar's civilian air services have issued a threat to the Emirates company over the entry of one of their aircraft into the no-fly area over Yangon. Most of the city's air space below 24,000 ft is subject to a no-fly rule. In Myanmar, the Department of civil Aviation (DCA) sent the alert to its UAE counterpart, where the company is headquartered, on Tuesday, the Myanmar state news agency said today.
It was allegedly broken when Emirates' Boeing 777-31H took off from Yangon for Phnom Penh on Sunday at about 7 pm at low altitudes above Yangon. Soe Paing, DCA Executive Vice President, said to the state press that the Emirates driver had conceded that he had crossed the limited air space and explained that the post take-off meteorological condition was unfavourable for flight and that he had turned the aircraft through the no-fly area for the security of his fellow-seats.
However, the warden said that the DDA record still requires measures against the company as entry into the no-fly area is prohibited under all circumstances by supranational regulations. Yangon-Phnom Penh was launched by Yangon-Phnom Penh in July last year as part of a wider day-to-day service between Dubai-Yangon-Phnom Penh.