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Old February 10th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #21
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Maungmagan
It's a village and beach located approximately 12 kilometers north-west of Dawei (45-minutes drive away). It is the second oldest beach locale established in Myanmar after Ngapali. It was a popular beach destination in Myanmar until the establishment of Chaungtha which was much more closer to Yangon. The beach is being redeveloped by the Burmese government as a stop over for the much promoted ecotourism to the Myeik Archipelago.
































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Old February 12th, 2012, 03:14 PM   #22
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Myeik
It is a city in Tanintharyi Region in Myanmar, located in the extreme south of the country on the coast of an island on the Andaman Sea, with a population of over 209,000. The area inland from the city is a major smuggling corridor into Thailand. Tourism in the area is restricted to cruises as land based accommodations are currently non-existent on the islands. This keeps the area very attractive as low impact tourism preserves the area's natural beauty.






















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Old February 12th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #23
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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:02 PM   #25
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Yangon/Rangoon
It is a former capital of Burma and the capital of Yangon Region. Although the military government has officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw since March 2006 Yangon, with a population of over four million, continues to be the country's largest city and the most important commercial centre. Yangon has a 4456-km road network of all types (tar, concrete and dirt). The vast majority of Yangonites cannot afford a car and rely on an extensive network of buses to get around. Over 300 public and private bus lines operate about 6,300 crowded buses around the city, carrying over 4.4 million passengers a day. Motor transportation in Yangon is highly expensive for most of its citizens. As the government allows only a few thousand cars to be imported each year in a country with over 50 million people, car prices in Yangon (and in Burma) are among the highest in the world. Since 1970, cars have been driven on the right side of the road in Burma, as part of a military decree. Within Yangon city limits, it is illegal to drive trishaws, bicycles, and motorcycles.





























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Old March 25th, 2012, 02:32 AM   #31
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As the government allows only a few thousand cars to be imported each year in a country with over 50 million people, car prices in Yangon (and in Burma) are among the highest in the world.
I saw a report on Channel 4 News here in the UK today about how the Burmese economy is beginning to open up.
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Burma's biggest city Rangoon is experiencing a resurgence in its fortunes as the country's new civilian government takes charge of the country's economy.

The city missed out on the Asian boom as Burma's military rulers mismanaged the nation's natural resources.

But a new civilian government, which has overseen reform and released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is turning its attention to Burma's finances.

Opening up previously restricted markets means there is now a boom in car sales after prices were slashed by up to 80 per cent.


But the price of property in the elegant but faded former capital is soaring, reflecting an influx of foreign buyers and optimism about further political and economic reform.
The car import trade is no longer monopolised by a handful of politically well-connected entrepreneurs, but car prices are still high. The reporter meets a used car dealer who's asking $18,000 for a little Daewoo. A few years ago, the dealer says, it would have cost $100,000.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 02:51 AM   #32
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I saw a report on Channel 4 News here in the UK today about how the Burmese economy is beginning to open up.

The car import trade is no longer monopolised by a handful of politically well-connected entrepreneurs, but car prices are still high. The reporter meets a used car dealer who's asking $18,000 for a little Daewoo. A few years ago, the dealer says, it would have cost $100,000.
That's a good news, but let's hope that the government will open to the construction and improvement of new roads too, otherwise the traffic will be crazy, especially in Yangon where motos and bicycles are forbidden
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Bridge along the Yangon-Mandalay Road


Checkpoint or future tollgate? on the Yangon-Mandalay Road


Yangon-Mandalay Expressway


This should be a rest area along the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway




115 Mile Rest area, very modern






The expressway
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 12:18 AM   #34
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some Yangon downtown infrastructure pictures:




















... and countryside t-junction (Bagan aera)






most of the cars have steering wheel on the right.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 10:17 PM   #35
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Yangon - Mandalay Expressway

https://maps.google.com/?ll=21.82493...52314&t=k&z=15

New imagery reveals the northernmost part of the Yangon - Mandalay Expressway in Mandalay opened as well, but it's not a real expressway, the intersections are roundabouts. Although it's a 4-lane divided highway, it has some very sharp turns as well.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 11:24 AM   #36
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... but it's not a real expressway, the intersections are roundabouts. Although it's a 4-lane divided highway, it has some very sharp turns as well.
of course, for the government the most important thing is to show the result. in this particular case is: 4-lane highway.

the level of infrastructure knowledge is different in Burma as well as local expectations. and of course traffic volume is not as demanding as a need to have no roundabouts/the-same-level intersections.

do not know exactly how much time the whole project took, but driving there in 2009 I could see only very first tasks on some sections. so the result (within short period of time) is not bad really
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Yangon-Naypyidaw-Mandalay Expressway was built by the government, also owner is not the private company, specially the ministry of public work ( construction ) is responsible for the expressway. They have financial and technological problems to build the flyover crossing and international standard intersection.
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http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangon-Mandalay_Expressway

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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:15 AM   #39
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YMEW about 15miles from YGN


YMEW 115miles recreation


YMEW YangonTollGate

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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:06 PM   #40
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A video made by me and my girlfriend about the 13 hour bus trip from Inle Lake to Bagan, not something i would like to repeat in the near future

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSbTK...zABKwjUALUcxQA
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