The number of tourists from Thailand, China and Malaysia who entered the country this year through the Tachilek land border entrance via Mae Sai of Thailand reached 22,982. From January until 15 December they visited Tarlork Bazaar, Bayintnaung Statue, Maha Muni Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, National Races, Village, Ahkhar Bazaar and the Chinese Temple in Tachilek.
Mongphyat and Kengtung were visited by 7,873 tourists, most of them being Chinese and Thai. Monglar was visited by 3,116 tourists, most of them being Thai. Taunggyi, Innlay, Bagan, Mandalay, Kyaikhtiyo and Yangon were visited by 9,602 travelers — most of them being Thai and Chinese —via Tachilek.
Popular destinations for visitors included Zaydangyi Pagoda in Mongphyat, Stupa of Buddha footprint, Maha Muni in Kengtung, Hokho Temple, Wutinn temple and other Chinese temples. Also popular are the Suntaung stupa and the Buddha standing statue in Kengtung.
Foreign tourists also visited to see the views of Myanmar’s natural landscape and to observe different traditional customs and lifestyles in various places and to observe ethnic minority communities and their cultures. On 12 December, under the arrangements of Marvellous Travels & Tours Co., Ltd, 43 Malaysian tourists entered Tachilek through Mae Sai of Thailand, and visited limited areas – Tachilek, Kengtung, Inle, Mandalay, Bagan, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mawlamyine and Myawady — in their own cars, and then returned to Thailand via the Myawady border entrance on 20 December.