Entry into Thailand and Burma

Dear All! Here`s some good news! Starting from 1. July Thailand has eased the regulations for tourists who want to enter the country. Starting from 1. July the Thai Pass is obsolete, a certificate of  vaccination will do. Myanmar, too, has eased the ...

The recent situation in Burma/Myanmar

Dear readers, here is another article on the situation in Myanmar/Burma. It is concerned with the extent to which the policies of the National Unity Government (NUG) have been successful. Or not. FRONTIER MYANMAR is a Yangon-based newspaper critical of th ...

Another opinion …

Hi friends, here are two interesting articles on the civil war in Myanmar that shed another light on the conflict: file:///C:/Users/User/Desktop/Economist%20PDF.pdf AND https://www.economist.com/asia/2022/05/19/burmese-civilians-are-caught-between-the-jun ...

More good news!

Hi friends, and here's even more good news from Myanmar: several airlines will resume their services to Myanmar next month! And it's not propaganda: I'm going to BKK next week with Thai Smile! I sincerely hope that the prices will be back to normal soo ...

Good news from Burma/Myanmar!!

Dear friends.in the last three years we have only heard bad news from beautiful Burma: Covid epidemic, military coup, thousands of victims ... Sad story! But now the tide is turning! The government has decided  to issue tourist visas star ...

My new website

Hello from Burma, A few months ago my new website www.oldburmahand.com went online. There you can find plenty of information about Myanmar/Burma. It goes way beyond what you can find in guidebooks etc. Owing to the fact that I’ve been living here for ...

Myanmar – Change in a Society of Shortages

The all-purpose engine – a banger near Pindaya Until this very day Myanmar is a poor country. But need is the mother of invention! Ever since I came here for the first time more than forty years ago, I have admired her p ...

A surprising discovery in Maymyo

A surprising discovery in Maymyo Since I moved to Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) a year ago, I have been fascinated by the religious diversity in this town: Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians of all shades have built their houses of prayer here. Not to forget ...

Happy Thingyan!

Thingyan 2020 will definitely be remembered for a long time to come. For some (especially the elderly) it must have come as a blessing in disguise. No blaring music, no drunkards in the street. But it certainly was a big disappointment for the youngsters. ...

A pot made of platinum

A pot made of platinum Before I moved to Maymyo, I sometimes treated myself to a buffet dinner at Sule Shangri-La. There I always chose a table at the window so that I had a view of the old Dagon Hotel (formerly called Orient Hotel). It was located right ...