Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago: Sailing through one of Earth’s last paradises (CNN Travel)

Dunia Baru, a luxury charter yacht, at sail in front of MT-60, an newly named island in Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago(CNN)-- There are few places on Earth that rival the untamed wilderness and primal seclusion of Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago. Captain Thomas Bruning knows this all too well. Since leaving his job as an engineer, the Austrian native …

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“A rose by another name” (Newsweek Japan)

If you ask Tin Mg Win, the landslide win seized by Myanmar opposition party the National League for Democracy (NLD) on November 8th’s general election is too early to celebrate. The 83-year-old former general manager at Yangon’s AC Martin, a US architecture firm, recalls the last time the NLD came out victorious at the ballot …

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Why go to Loikaw? (Travel+Leisure)

Newly alluring Loikaw, in Burma, brims with karsts, hill-tribe markets and bold brews. Here, four reasons to go now. Because the temples and the scenery are impossibly photogenic. A nest of majestic conical spires, Taung Kwe Pagoda (Road 5 next to Thiri Mingalar Market) awaits you at the top of Thiri Mingalar Hill. Breathe in the …

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Myanmar’s transition from the seat of a teashop

Than Zaw’s Yangon teashop may lack the laminated wooden tables of the restaurant across the narrow lane, but where elegance is absent a rough charm replaces it. There is a countryside simplicity that endears his shop. Its knee-high tables, stapled-together plastic chairs and alfresco setup seem more apt for a dusty farmer’s lot than a …

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Southeast Asia’s “Swing Nations”: Obama makes 2nd Myanmar visit

President Barack Obama on November 12 will make his second visit to Myanmar to join the East Asia Summit in the nation's capital, Nay Pyi Daw. Following the APEC meetings in Beijing, the ASEAN-led summit will allow Obama and China's President Xi Jinping the chance to flex policy muscles in Southeast Asia, the core battleground for influence in the region. Obama's "pivot east" …

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