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International hotel chains in Myanmar

Myanmar gradually becomes an ideal place for hotel investment owing to its fast paces in tourism. A brand new hotel chains will be accomplished before the end of 2017 by a renowned international company.
Since the new government, led by National League for Democracy Party took over, 144 hotels have received their license. The tourism sector has been growing. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Myanmar’s tourism sector created 1.43 million jobs in 2015, with an expected growth of 1.3 percent in 2016.

The fast growth of hotels mainly occurs in the largest city of Myanmar – Yangon where the biggest hotel chains of Korea – Lotte Company operate its first branch in this county. The hotel lies adjacent to the Inya lake containing 343 guest rooms and 315 apartments.

Another hotel chain opening its doors in 2017 is GCP Hospitality. They will open a Hotel G in Yangon. It is going to be a vibrant lifestyle hotel centrally located in Yangon. The concept has already been a success in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore and is now coming to Yangon. GCP Hospitality is also the owner of the famous Strand Hotel in downtown Yangon.

One of Asia’s largest hotel and property companies, Pan Pacific Hotels Group from Singapore, will also start operating in Yangon. They will open their first Myanmar branch this year and it will be located next to the Bogyoke Aung San Market with a view over the Shwedagon Pagoda. Pan Pacific is awarded for their efforts in social responsibility.

Yangon Excelsior Hotel, a five star hotel renovation project of a heritage building in the hub of vibrant downtown Yangon is planning to open before the end of 2017 with 74 rooms. The 4 stories building used to be the trading head quarter of Steels Brothers in the British time and later become the government’s Trade Corporation building. The interior design of the hotel will be telling the story of Yangon in the golden old days.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the corporation behind the Sheraton brand, has announced its first Myanmar outpost will open in 2017.
The Sheraton Yangon Hotel will be the country’s first of its kind, as US sanctions had previously deterred Starwood from doing business in Myanmar.
The hotel’s construction – including the price of land – on U Htun Myat Road near Kandawgyi Lake will come to about US$50 million, funded in full by the property’s owner, Family Business Group Hotel Limited. Meanwhile, Starwood’s Asia Pacific branch signed an agreement in January with the local Myanmar firm to build and run the hotel, according to the company.

Among the companies that have the investments in the hotel chains in Myanmar, the French AccorHotels Group is the most confident with the plan of accomplishing 5 new properties by 2019. Later in this year, they will open a Pullman Hotel in Mandalay at the new Mingalar Mandalay complex, within easy driving distance to Mahamuni Pagoda and U Bein Bridge. Another branch of the Pullman hotels is expected to open in Yangon in 2019.
Next to that, Accor Hotels is also planning to open two new hotels in Shan State. This year, they will open a new branch of their M Gallery chain at Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s main tourist destinations. And next year, they plan to open an Ibis Styles hotel in Muse, a major trade point near the Chinese border.

Furthermore, Accor Hotels recently signed a contract with SC Capital Partners Group to rebrand the Micasa Hotel Apartments Yangon as Mercure Yangon Kaba Aye. It is located near the Shwedagon Pagoda. The new Mercure will have 143 apartments and 40 deluxe rooms. The Mercure will open in 2017.

Accor Hotels Group also agreed to open with LP Holding Co., Ltd. for Management of their properties such as The Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay Hill M Gallery by Sofitel and The Pullman Yangon Center Point.
The Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort which is set in 11 acres of garden and boasts some 206 rooms with restaurants and bars, conference room, banquet centre, spa and fitness centre. The hotel offers a spectacular view of Mandalay Hill, the Royal Palace, the famous Ayeyarwady River and the city of Mandalay, once the Royal Capital of Myanmar.

The new development, Mandalay Hill M Gallery by Sofitel, will be located in the grounds of this hotel and will comprise 120 guest rooms and villas with a restaurant and bar. Additionally a 1000-seat banquet centre will be built to accommodate the growing market of corporate conventions, meetings and wedding events in Mandalay.
The Pullman Yangon Centre point is part of Centre point Towers, a mixed-use development which includes high-end retail boutiques and a premium office tower. The hotel is located near Yangon’s Supreme Court building and the famous Independence Monument Park.

Sedona Hotel Mandalay will not operate anymore under the property name of Sedona Hotel & Suites by Keppel Land Hospitality Management starting from 31st August’2017:.
The Eden Group: has bought the Mandalay Sedona Hotel owned by Keppel Land based in Singapore and it will be reopened as The Hilton Mandalay:.There is no booking and no accommodation during the renovation period.

SOURCE : TRAVEL DAILY NEWS





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Organic Pharming Tour at FAME pharmaceuticals

All products of FAME pharmaceuticals are made from the finest organic herbs in Myanmar to support the health and wellness for the country. Most of raw materials are sourced locally from their own Organic Pharming Project in Pyin-Oo-Lwin. They practice Organic Management System effectively then audited and approved by MOAG (Myanmar Organic Agriculture Group), IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) in Germany and USDA (United State Department of Agriculture) issued by ACO (Australian Certified Organic).
Now FAME open their Organic Pharming Project with the guided tour and invite the guests for who want to familiar with organic agriculture and various plant species, who are actively participate in reforestation and environmental conservation, who want to study medicinal knowledge about plants and organic management system thoroughly.
FAME Organic Pharming Project which covers about 45 acres located near Anee Sakhan in Pyin Oo Lwin, and you can visit in the Morning (09:00 AM to 11:00AM) or in the Afternoon (01:00 PM to 03:00 PM) for 2 hours.
If you are interested in making ways of natural fertilizers & studying to practically perform about medicinal herbal plants, please drop a message to inbound@nicestyletravels.com for the detailed information.

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Coffee Plantation Guided Tour in Pyin Oo Lwin

Discover the true meaning of farm-to-table with a guided tour and tasting at one of the country's premier coffee plantations in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Sithar coffee farm founded in 1996, located on the hill town at 3300 feet, ideal for coffee growing. Take 02hrs guided tour in 40 acre coffee farm and you will have fun soft hiking around the lush tree shaded coffee fields.
The local farmer will guide you to understand the plantation, processing, roasting and milling coffee green beans. You will have a basket to pick the dark red ripe beans experiencing like a local farmer.
Then walk through the plantation, and take a hike to the bungalow located on the hill to meet with the crop to cup coffee experts.
Enjoy live presentation of fresh drip coffee and freshly roasted coffee will be cupped using pour over. A cup of fresh coffee with the cookies makes your tour exceptional.
After all, the coffee plantation tour will be ended with the delicious lunch at typical Pan Taw Win restaurant & coffee.
Inquiry Nice Style Travels & Tours for this exceptional experience !!

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A Unique Bird's Eye View over Yangon

Newly launched project ‘’ Mingalarbar Balloon’’ operated by Culture Attractions Ltd. has launched a huge Tethered Helium Balloon for tourist to ride and enjoy the amazing panoramic view over Yangon.
As the very First Tethered Helium Balloon Amusement Ride from the center heart of the city, the balloon port is located in Yangon, hub area of Kandawgyi Lake near Karaweik Royal Barge and opposite to the entrance of famous Yangon Zoological Garden.
The Balloon flies approximately 30 times a day from Sunrise to Sunset except windy, raining or bad weather situations and lasts about 15 to 20 minutes from the ground to a maximum altitude of 400 ft to the sky.
For each flight, maximum 20 passengers depending on body weights will be allowed to carry depending on weather permitting.
The giant helium Mingalarbar Balloon welcomes people who are looking for a new adventure and new experience.
Now it is inviting you for a wonderful experience like sailing in the sky offering a bird’s eye view of Downtown Yangon. Don't take time & contact us now !!

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Pomelo

Pomelo is a fair trade shop that offers quality and contemporary hand-made products. Pomelo represents to provide opportunities for Myanmar Artisan Partners who come from diverse backgrounds representing some of the poorest communities in Myanmar. Through their work they achieve self-reliance and community strength.
Most of their Myanmar Artisan Partners are Ex-street kids are trained in the art and craftsmanship of furniture restoration, the art of sewing products who made by vulnerable women and girls in all aspects of design and tailoring making a huge difference to their lives and to the lives of their families, handmade products by physical and mental disabilities women, rattan weaving made by the blind men, baskets weaving products made by the poor women from remote villages, ceramic pots are made by a cooperative of women potters in the village of Twante who share resources, income and education, organic honey made by farmer from Shan State and other products made by the disadvantaged groups.
So this is the one window to open for helping hand in hand your charity to Myanmar Poorest Communities.

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Cooking Class in Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)

If you want a new experience with local people, choosing cooking class will not make you feel regretful. In the early morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and the local chefs from the cooking class will take you to the local market where you can buy the items needed for your menu. All the items are fresh local products displayed by local stands and sold by local people. Then, you will be headed to the local home or venue for your cooking class enjoying the a little tour of the Inle Lake along the way.
You will have to choose one main dish and other side dishes and have to prepare the ingredients as the recipe by the chefs. Such kind of local cooking class using charcoal, an electric wok and an electric fry pan, you will not get an experience like this anywhere. After your class, you can taste and eat your own dishes together with the other trainees.
Some cooking classes are trying to build the library and classrooms for the local children with part of the income from their cooking classes. Come and try to get this new experience that you will never get anywhere!!

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Yangon Rhythm River Cruise

Explore your extraordinary river ride experience with Yangon Rhythm River Cruise leaving from Botahtaung Jetty No.(5), besides of Luxury Vintage Hotel and near Botahtaung Pagoda.
Morning Cruise departs from the Jetty at 8.00AM, enjoying the city & river view and then arrives back to Jetty at 9.00AM.
To enjoy the Sunset, you have to arrive Jetty at 3.30PM.
The cruise departs at 16.00PM, cruising along the Yangon River, enjoying the Sunset for One and Half Hour on the cruise, and arrives back to the jetty at 17:30PM.
It charges US$-10 per foreigner and 6,000-MMK per local.
The cost is inclusive of free snacks & one glass of juice for drink.

Make booking with us and we will make sure the extraordinary experience for you !!!

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Newly Launched - Irrawaddy Voyage II

The IRRAWADDY VOYAGE II is a newly luxury cruise which is built in 2014 in the measure of 188' x 40'2''x 4' molded depth with 3 decks. It is launched in May 2017.
The luxurious Cruise will voyage between Mandalay and Bagan along the historical Irrawaddy River with breathtaking views of Myanmar and its beautiful scenic heritage. The cruise is offering the programs starting from “One Night Trip” to “Four Nights Trip” to and from Mandalay to Bagan. The Irrawaddy Voyage II has a total of 28 cabins, each with their private bathroom and balcony. Upper deck accommodates 18 Rooms and main deck occupies 10 Rooms with French Balcony. For the safety, it is equipped the smoke detectors, heat detectors, Manual alarms stations, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Cabinets, Emergency Lights, Emergency Genset, SOLAS Approved Life Jackets , Life Rafts on the cruise.
The Irrawaddy Voyage II is ready to serve you as one of the most luxurious cruises in the river to meet your satisfaction with her facilities.

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Global Care International Clinic in Bagan

Keep Calm & visit Bagan in Myanmar without worrying your health.
Now there is a Global Care International Clinic, a poly clinic opened in Bagan for assisting Health Care problems especially for tourists.
The available services are Emergency Services, General Practitioners, General and Internal Medicine,House Call Visits, Onsite Vaccinations, Health Screening, Travel Medicine, In-house Pharmacy, Digitial X-ray, Ultrasound Service, Laboratory Investigations, 24/7 Ambulance Service, Air Ambulance Service and Insurance Claims.
It is a 24/7 International clinic, firstly opened in Bagan and aimed to provide comprehensive healthcare services to international travelers, local community, and the whole tourism industry.

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Incredible cave to explore in Hpa An!!

Saddan Cave (literally means Royal Elephant) is the most beautiful and breathtaking cave around Hpa-An with its entrance chamber dominated by dozens of Buddha statues, a couple of pagodas and some newer clay wall carvings. From this entrance chamber, you can step lead up into the main cave passage with its 30 meter-high ceilings being clung by thousands of bats. The squealing from them makes some noises in the cave and you should aware of your steps on this slippery ground because of the waste of bat excrement. Once you step outside of the cave, you will be amazed by the hidden lake full of ducks and flowering lilies hidden in a bowl of craggy peaks. You can ask for the local fishermen to take you along the lake for about 1500 Kyats (2$) and on the way, you will pass through the half-flooded cave leading back to the entrance side.

For Hpa An & Nearby Destinations Tour Package

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A passage to everlasting memories: Yandabo Home

Yandabo Home is the best stop over for those who like to get away from the bustling city life, midway of Mandalay and Bagan overlooking the Irrawaddy River.
It will be a completely unique opportunity to spend the night off the beaten track and in the heart of a lovely Yandabo village; where its habitants live in harmony with nature and are well known for their pottery making.
There are 4 double and 8 twin rooms at Yandabo Home Resort. Each room is similar in design and style with large airy ceilings, teak floors, large en-suite bathrooms, includes air-conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe and mini bar.
As a difference with many resorts, there is no telephones, wifi and internet service at all.
Nevertheless the guest will feel completely bonded with the villages; walking in the village, observing how people make the pots and the guests can also try to make their own pots.
Besides, a highlight is visiting the village of Pan Nyo where estimated 4,000 buffaloes are led into the fields at sunset, pigs, cows, dogs and smiling kids greeting you with joy.
Staying at Yandabo Home unlocks the opportunity for the guests to embrace a new kind of journey; the one that connects different worlds and softly blends them in what can be defined as real discovery:
You can get to Yandabo Home by private boat, public ferry or by car from Mandalay & Bagan.

Nice Style Travels would like to suggest either a night’s stay, or two nights to fully explore the undiscovered local villages of Burma.

To get experience of staying at village, make reservation with us.

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Cruising Along The Irrawaddy River with RV.Panorama

While you are in Myanmar and you love cruising but don’t have much time to spend nights on board, then please let us invite you to take day cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

Offering one of the safest, affordable and enjoyable luxury vacation experiences– Alliance Myanmar River Cruise (RV PANORAMA (I) for 70 passengers & RV.PANORAMA (II) for 54 passengers) is genuinely the first luxury day cruise in Myanmar on the legendary Irrawaddy River.

There are daily cruises with two routes running between Mandalay and Bagan: downstream from Mandalay to Bagan and upstream from Bagan to Mandalay. Furthermore, there are two types of cruise for luxury overnight cruise and daily express cruise both ways.

R.V Panorama cruise is the best daily express cruise and will cast off at 6:00AM enjoying a stunning sunrise, offer many historical and memorable sights on river banks and end with a spectacular sunset around 5:00PM.
Once aboard the Cruise, a friendly, warm welcome awaits you, and the Captains and officers will also enjoy meeting you around the cruise along their own nautical way.

The service includes a fine breakfast, free flow of Coffee/Tea and an authentic Myanmar Cuisine awaits you at lunch time at the upper deck restaurant.
Teak-wood main deck cabin is fully air-conditioned with comfortable and relaxing seats placed alongside the wide glass windows for panoramic view, and each row has individual power sockets for electronic devices. Television is in front of the seats for the Myanmar culture and traditional documentaries.
As an additional service, the crew team will demonstrate different ways of wearing Myanmar Traditional Longyi (garment worn by Myanmar people) and Thanatkha (fragrant paste made from the bark of Thanatkha tree_Myanmar Traditional Makeup).

Unlike no other day cruises, RV.Panorama offers you a short excursion to experience the ways of life by visiting typical Myanmar villages along the river bank during Downstream Cruise.
You will have a chance to see Myanmar Traditional Pot Making Cottages and Bamboo Hat Making Procession in these villages.

So, we would like you to take this opportunity to spend your holiday with "Alliance Myanmar River Cruise" and we, the team members of Nice Style Travel, are here to help you to make your day fabulous to your satisfaction.

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Fly over the Inle lake in a Balloon

Sightseeing by balloon is a truly remarkable experience, allowing you to venture off the beaten path and gain a unique perspective of the country and its people.
Fly over the Inle Lake, has to be one of the most beautiful ways to experience one of Myanmar’s most scenic and cultural attractions.

As the balloon float over the incredible floating gardens and it climb, possibly to over 5,000 feet above the lake, you will wonder the boats floating of the immense lake, extended amazing views of the stunning Shan mountains, the local Inthar fishermen who are looking for the first catch of the day, and boats laden full of produce on their way to the market through a maze of green floating canals.

For this magical balloon flight, from 15th November 2016 through to 28th February 2017, Balloons over Bagan will be expanding their daily service to Inle Lake with the introduction of a new premium service carrying up to 6 passengers over the floating gardens and villages on the lake.
The daily service will allow for private charters over Pindaya as well as the ability to roll out their safari concept to meet demand throughout tour season.

Your journey starts with an early morning flight over Inle Lake, home to the Inthar people.
Prior to receiving a safety briefing from the pilot, you can photograph the balloon being inflated before boarding and take off. The pilots carefully use their knowledge of the winds to steer the balloon over the floating villages and water gardens. After landing the crew and pilot will serve you with champagne and a light breakfast before transporting you by car or boat back to your hotel you will also receive a certificate signed by the pilot and copies of in-flight photos.

Nice Style Travels & Tours will take great pleasure to help you to wonder the bird eye view of Inle Lake.
Contact us for more information.

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Hpa An Lodge with its first Sky Dome Room

We are very pleased to share news about a new hotel establishment in Hpa-An, near Mt. ZweKabin in Karen State.
It is “Hpa-An Lodge” and already said to be one of the most beautiful boutique lodges in the area with up-scale services to the clients.
18 Individual Wooden Cottages are set in the valley at the foot of Mt. ZweKabin. The individual cottages are spacious, offer privacy and they have been designed with unique Karen architecture, incorporating modern conveniences.
Now there is available the new “Sky Dome” designed for clients to offer an alternative to a traditional wooden cottage room, so that guests can enjoy the night under the starry skies from their bed. The dome itself features an exclusive, cozy private area and luxurious space with beautiful decoration and modern facilities.
More, the Sky Dome offers a breathtaking view of Mt Zwe Kabin.
We guarantees quality service of “Hpa-An Lodge” with its beautiful cottages & scenic views of the lodge.
To enjoy your morning coffee by the spacious landscaped swimming pool, or to sip a drink on your balcony facing the spectacular rocky mountain range of Mt. Zwe Kabin, or to experience the first Sky Dome in Myanmar,
make reservation with Nice Style Travels & Tours.


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Discover the Untouched Mergui Archipelago

In Myanmar, there is a secret spot for you to discover where the natural beauty is still unspoilt from mass tourists and where you can enjoy luxury with privacy and intimacy.

This is the stunning Mergui Archipelago, with over 800 islands, is located in the most southern part of beautiful Myanmar. Once you enter this part of the world, and area that has hardly been explored, and begin to immerse yourself in this natural paradise.

The archipelago offers great opportunities for exploration and diving amongst spectacular marine life and untouched coral reefs, with yachts and cruise boats designed for that purpose.

Astonishing beaches and islands which are just for you, dense jungle, azure water, beautiful corals and all you can find in Mergui and from the sunset to sundowner, you will be lost in the amazing land of Andaman Gypsies.
It's the perfect spot for enjoying the surf and the sand. You can go boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing here in turquoise water that is unbelievably clear. Or you can just laze on the pure white sand and do nothing at all except enjoy a refreshing drink. Or take the cruise option and cruising around the islands. The choice is yours.
You can also study ways of life of the Moken People, also known as the Salone or sea gypsies. They are one of the most distinct of Myanmar’s many ethnic groups, living a nomadic, sea-based life. The Mokens are also regarded as the master of free diving for keen vision under water and longer last breathing than most humans can.

To meet the Mokens and to explore Mergui Arichipelago, you need to arrange 4-7 days and book the hotel or cruise/ yatch in advance.
Nice Style Travels & Tours will take great pleasure to help you to discover the beautiful untouched place and contact us for more information and the price.

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Hot Air Balloon Festival or Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights

This popular, very crowded festival in Myanmar is annually held in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State. It is held on the full moon day of Tazaungmone during the month of November every year. It also marks the end of the Kathina (Kahtein in Burmese) period, during which monks are given new robes and alms.
This festival hosted by the Pa-O tribal community is famous for the releasing of gigantic hot air balloons into the air. In this festival of traditional hot air balloons competition, you can see many colourful hot air balloons which are in various shapes such as birds, tigers, elephants, etc. and launching them into the night sky. This amazing view of the colourful balloons with night sky background will give you an unforgettable experience of a true festival Burmese-style.
Although the releasing of balloons is nominally an offering to the heavens to ward away evil spirits, and the national holiday is rooted in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology (it is also celebrated in Thailand, where it is known as Loi Krathong), the tradition of hot air balloon competition in Taunggyi was actually begun by the British in the late 19th century. However, today you will find a spectacle that would no doubt have had its colonial originators reeling in shock.
There are also parades, carnival games, concerts, feasts, and massive fireworks which held during two days before the full moon day being the most interesting.

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Loikaw Lodge

Loikaw Lodge at the Lake, a small boutique hotel that just opened in Loikaw. Twelve beautifully crafted rooms: 1 x Suite, 4 x Deluxe and 6 x Superior rooms - all with veranda, a view, modern bathrooms and lot's of comfort (air-con, wi-fi, wood-paneled floors, large windows). Be aware of facilities without T.V and Minibar inside the room.

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Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant Camp

Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant Camp is a newly established camp which have 16 Elephants including 6 young elephants (3-17 aged) and other elephants will be elder elephants (56 to 65 above retired from logging). Hmaw Yaw Gyi is located 105 mile and 4 furlong at Ma Hout Village in Phyu Township near Taungoo).
Yangon to Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant Camp, it will takes about 2 and half hour to reach junction to Ma Hout Village. Leave your car at junction of Ma Hout Village and walk 20 mins to reach Elephant Camp and Ma Hout Village.

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