An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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Domestic travel agencies are under pressure as increasing numbers of Myanmar spurn package tours to the nation’s top destinations for DIY trips and competitively priced holidays in regional countries.
Showers of rain since late April have further dampened the mood of the diminishing number of vendors trying to make a living at the Strand Road night market since they were relocated from elsewhere in the downtown area last November.