Spice: the final frontier

Monks wait in line for offerings of rice from the community.

Every day at 11am about 1,300 monks queue up for lunch at the Mahagandayon monastery near Mandalay. The temple area is bathed in the distinctive burgundy hue of their robes.

Thursday, 6 December, 2012, 10:44am

Death toll from Myanmar quake hits 26

A Buddhist monk looks at a damaged house in Tabaitgine township in Mandalay region on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Myanmar at the weekend has left 26 people dead, 12 others missing and about 230 injured, according to a new toll given by the Red Cross.

13 Nov 2012 - 5:57pm

Myanmar struggles to reach quake victims

Patients rest at a hospital in Tabaitgine, Myanmar's quake epicentre. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar rescuers struggled on Monday to bring help to outlying villages hit by an earthquake that aid agencies say has killed at least 13 and caused a bridge and mine to collapse.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beyond the barricades

In Yangon, you can check in to a guesthouse; take a nap; walk the couple of kilometres into town, where religious services proceed to the sound of prayer songs and clapping; and visit a brace of two thousand-year-old gold stupas, all by noon.

In Yangon, you can also watch people get beaten.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect 10

1 Yangon

28 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Myanmar offers something special to travellers

At first glance, a holiday in Myanmar might sound like an off the wall idea. After all, ask most people about the country formerly known as Burma, and they'll likely remind you of headline stories about civil conflict and a military government that rose to power in 1988, but has yet to adopt democratic reforms.

4 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Junta-staged rally struggles to stir disapproval of opposition

The country's equivalent of a communist political party appears to be wilting in the harsh glare of popular derision.

When the regime organised one of its 'spontaneous' political rallies last Saturday in Mandalay, the Union Solidarity and Development Association played a relatively low-key role.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Finding ghosts of the Raj in Burma

Built in 1906, and resembling an old English country mansion with its porches, gables and trimmed ivy trellis, the Candacraig is a welcome refuge from the impersonal concrete tourist hotels found all over rural upper Burma.

13 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Air Mandalay takes off

A NEW airline, Air Mandalay, has been formed to operate a regional and domestic charter service for Burma, an airline official says.

''We are starting with two aircraft. The initial aim is to bring tourists into Burma from Bangkok and other Thai resorts,'' said Lewis Tan, chief executive officer of Techmat Holdings, which owns Air Mandalay.

2 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

A carriage ride into colonial days

IT COULD have been a film set for the adaptation of some prim Victorian novel. A brightly painted horse-driven carriage was passing carefully manicured lawns and huge suburban-style mansions towards the delightfully-named Candacraig.

9 May 1993 - 12:00am

Dynasty sets the pace for contrast in freewheeling Burma

RANGOON: Burma is supposed to be poor and oppressed, but you would have trouble believing it at the Dynasty.

Recently opened on the roof of a concrete office block, Rangoon's most fashionable restaurant and night-club is seething with noisy revellers and new money.

9 Feb 1993 - 12:00am