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Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

“FAH THAI” is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS MYANMAR BAGAN

HAPPENINGS MYANMAR BAGAN / MANDALAY / YANGON SPOTLIGHT Ayeyarwady Journey Feel the first winter breeze greet your face on the MGRG Express, the popular express boat that’s been gliding on the Ayeyarwady River since 2001. The company that created the cruise has launched a new MGRG Express which brings passengers back and forth between Mandalay and Bagan. Outfitted with a new attractive design, a focus has been given to passenger safety and comfort along the trip. Promising a pleasant journey, this scenic river trip passes pagodas and Buddhist temples on both sides of the riverbanks. Just sit back and seek out sights of serene river life. The one-day trip departs Mandalay at around 7am and arrives Bagan in the evening. mgrgexpress.com, +95 2 66204, +95 11 202734 BIKING IN AND AROUND YANGON Warm up in the cooler season with a bike ride around Yangon. Apart from roaming around the city to see popular tourist attractions, you can also enjoy seeing Yangon in a more intimate way. Bike World Explores Myanmar (BWEM) offers a Friday night ride in downtown Yangon or a Sunday morning bike ride outside of Yangon. The night ride ambles through the downtown area with stops at various spots for drinks and to regroup, with a return to the starting point around midnight. You can also enjoy an entire day cycling on Sunday as the trip departs at 6.30am. Cyclists are taken by vehicle to a destination 30 miles north of Yangon where the off-road ride commences. The activity ends with a vehicle trip back to Yangon, arriving about 3pm. cyclingmyanmar.com, +95 1 527 636 TO MARKET, TO MARKET Visiting a local food market is one way to observe a bit of local charm and see artisanal products invitingly displayed. Around 16 kilometres south of downtown Yangon, the town of Thanlyin formerly known as Syriam, served as a port during the late 1500s and early 1600s. Now it is the well-known site for the covered area of Thanlyin market. Even though it is situated close to the country’s new Special Economic Zone, Thanlyin market is still able to keep its original ambiance. The market offers fresh seafood at reasonable prices, fresh fruits and vegetables and local cooking ingredients. Even if you don’t buy anything, the market is still worth the visit. Open daily, 16 kilometres south of Yangon 120