Thai Air News Newsletter from
9 June 2002
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This issue - Myanmar (Burma)
In this issue of the newsletter we bring you Myanmar, with information, hints, tips and photos. We also have, as always, the latest news from Thai Airways International.
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For accommodation, you can find real bargains in good hotels if you book with Agoda.
Shanghai, June 1, 2002 -- The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance, assembled in Shanghai in The People’s Republic of China for its ordinary semi-annual CEB meeting, today approved the addition of three new members to the global airline group. Work will commence immediately on the integration of Asiana Airlines of South Korea, LOT Polish Airlines and Spanair of Spain into Star Alliance. No official date has yet been set for the official entry into Star Alliance of the new member airlines. It is anticipated, however, that they will all become part of the airline network for Earth within the next six to 12 months. Star Alliance was established in May, 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance. The member airlines are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways - ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi british midland, Lauda Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tyrolean Airways, United Airlines and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. The Star Alliance network serves 729 airports in 124 countries.

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Star Alliance
"Myanmar (Burmese) culture and tradition which is derived from the Tagaung period, Pyu, Peikthano and Mon dynasties, was developed as a distinct culture as early as the first century A.D. The main purpose of this website is to foster public awareness of the Myanmar cultural heritage, specifically, Myanmar art and costumes, the historic sites and ancient temples of Myanmar as well as its performing arts. The photos and pictures of the Myanmar Image Gallery reflect these categories and the long history of Myanmar (previously known as Burma). As they say "a picture is worth a thousand words" the photos and pictures of the Myanmar Image Gallery will tell you many things about Myanmar and its fascinating, rich culture."

26 pages of stunning photographs with musical accompaniment at:
Myanmar Image Gallery
"Burma, now known as Myanmar, is undoubtedly an interesting destinations to visit now. It is yet unspoiled, and the fact the tourists have been less than welcomed by the military dictatorship until recently means that the about-turn which is now taking place in this regard is a quantum leap. But try to ignore the dictatorship. Burma is an absolutely fabulous destination, the people are friendly, the country is safe to travel in and tourist facilities are improving daily. " Thus begins this excellent essay about a trip to Myanmar. It is full of useful tips and advice for the traveller and contains an excellent reference section. This is essential reading for the intending visitor to this interesting and visually stunning country.

On the Road to Mandalay
Well if it isn't on this site I don't know where else you could look. This official site contains a wealth of information for the tourist. From useful social behaviour advice (displaying the soles of the feet is considered offensive) through climate, health and visa information (mobile phones of any type will be impounded and released on departure), to shopping advice (a long tradition of crafting beautiful items, and there are ten categories of Fine Arts). In addition all of the most important sites of interest to the tourist are covered. Actually it's difficult to browse this site without being overcome with the desire to go out a book a trip immediately.

Myanmar Tourism
"In Myanmar, I held the first housewarming ceremony after inviting monks respectfully. I also invited friends. My driver urged me to do so sooner. Everything was set after three weeks of move. Therefore, I also thought it should be done." Well there's nothing like hearing about a city from those who live there, and this site (in the Essays section) is full of stories from residents and tourists. The majority of the stories are from Japanese nationals and the English used is of that special variety that only the Japanese produce. The culture section contains information on food, drink, superstition and even a detailed explanation of the 37 Nats (I will leave you to discover this for yourself!)

The number of languages listed for Myanmar is 108. Of those, 107 are living languages. They range from Burmese, spoken by 25 million people, to the rather mysterious Chak, spoken also in Bangladesh. If you are interested in languages, the ethnologue site is fascinating.

108 Languages of Myanmar
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