Myanmar

Myanmar

The Most Brutal Sport in the World Uses Bare Knuckles and Head Butts

In lethwei, or Burmese kickboxing, gloves aren't allowed – but all kicks, punches, elbow and knee strikes, and head butts are.
Karl R. De Mesa
3.12.19
Myanmar

Burmese Opium Farmers Make the Best Rice Wine

U Mint Aung, village chief of a tiny community in the opium fields of Eastern Myanmar brings out a clay pot brimming with multi-colored grains. The thing looks like a trendy smoothie. But it’s home-brewed rice wine.
Nathan A. Thompson
3.3.19
Art

Female Alcoholics are Rare in Myanmar. This Young Artist is One of Them.

Yangon Artist Bay Bay uses her art to let people enter her alcohol-fueled mind.
David Wilson
2.25.19
Photo

Inside Myanmar's Surprisingly Harsh Heroin Rehab Centers

One person per household uses heroin in Myanmar's most northernly region, and a coalition of religious types have banded together to tackle the problem.
David Shaw
1.26.19
Culture

Crystal Meth Kingpins are Standing In the Way of Peace In Myanmar's Golden Triangle

Myanmar's army signed a peace agreement to end its long-lasting civil war, but drug cartels—and corrupt military officials—are providing an incentive for the militias to stick around.
VICE Staff
1.22.19
News

Inside Mong La, the Myanmar Town Where You Can Buy Drugs, Sex, and Endangered Animals

Mong La is a 5,000-square-kilometer fiefdom in the Golden Triangle that is infamous for the flagrancy of its sin-based industries like prostitution, gambling, and the selling of endangered animals.
Paul Vrieze
1.14.19
Culture

Tattooed Tribeswomen and the Problem of Photo Tourism in Myanmar

For the Chin women of western Myanmar, outer beauty starts with an inky black, fully tattooed face. But the government has banned the custom, and tourists are flooding in to document the dying tradition.
Nathan A. Thompson
12.9.18
Culture

The Exploited Kids Selling Roses to Tourists on Bangkok's Khaosan Road

They're forced to work long hours and beaten if they don't bring in enough money for their bosses.
Sally Mairs
11.18.18
LGBTQ

How Myanmar's Paranormal Spirit Wives Escape LGBTQ Persecution

How the tight-knit nat kadaw community escapes persecution in a deeply conservative country.
Nick Baker
11.18.18
asia & pacific

Is the United Nations Failing the Rohingya?

In the final part of our three-part series, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold reveals leaked internal UN documents that suggest an effort to keep concerns about the Rohingya quiet.
VICE News
10.31.18
refugees

The UN Wants Thousands of Myanmar Refugees to Return Home

Here's what's waiting for them.
Adam Bemma
7.4.18
refugees

Rohingya Refugees are Rushing to Escape Bangladesh's Monsoon Season

Experts fear a return of the kind of desperation that fed the 2015 boat crisis as the storms hit Bangladesh's coast.
Adam Bemma
5.8.18
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