Tourism Experience of the year – Balloons over Bagan with Sharky’s



The Tourism Experience of the year is not is limited to be on land, in the sky, or on/under the water, as long as it offers a moment that leaves one marvelling at Myanmar.

This year’s winner managed to combine both land and sky, taking you across the magical scenery of Bagan in the morning and finishing in an unexpected way with a quality breakfast prepared wherever the winds brings you.


Mergui Archipelago Welcomes A New Dive Center

By Sam Helmy


A new dive resort has opened on the idyllic Mergui Archipelago off the coast of Myanmar.

The Awei Pila Resort offers a variety of courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master. Courses and guided dives can be conducted in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German or Italian.

Wild waters: Hpa-an

For the sixth installment in our travel series focused on wild swimming spots, we venture into Kayin State to clamber down mountain streams, discover deserted waterfalls and enjoy one of the best wild swims in Myanmar.



Awei Pila Opens Scuba Diving Center in Myanmar

by Chuck Dobrosielski


The recently opened island resort Awei Pila, located in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, has debuted its own scuba program. The Awei Pila Dive Center will provide scuba certification courses, as well as dive excursions to any of 12 different dive sites found near the resort.

New Dive Center Opens in Mergui Archipelago

SCUBA opportunities abound in one of the world’s last undiscovered paradises. Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island, has opened a SCUBA diving center in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, offering Open Water courses and certification to first-time divers. The Awei Pila Dive Center will provide all levels of PADI diving courses from DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) to DM (Dive Master), which can either be tackled at home by Internet ahead of traveling to the Mergui Archipelago or learned over three to four days at the resort, which lies on a pristine beach just a stone’s throw from hundreds of meters of live coral reefs.

Seeing Myanmar from A Different Angle: Hot Air Ballooning

The morning air was brisk and smelled fresh as our group huddled around a small table with offerings of coffee, tea, and biscuits. The sky was still dim as the sun hadn’t fully awakened yet, with just enough light to watch as the ground crew prepared the massive envelope for inflation. We didn’t wait long before the captain fired up the burners, lighting up the area with mesmerizing flames. As the balloon slowly took shape and stood upright, we were in awe of its size.