Over 930,000 foreigners visit Myanmar via Tachilek

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Foreign tourists and pilgrims in the prayer hall in a pagoda in Tachilek.  Photo: GNLM

More than 930,000 foreigners visited the country via the Tachilek border point in the current financial year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Between 23 and 29 March this year, some 767 foreign visitors, including 195 day-trippers, entered the country through Tachilek, a land border in Shan State in eastern Myanmar, and the Mae Sai border on the Thai side, to visit the town’s well-known destinations on a one-day return visit or overnight trip. Most of them came from neighbouring Thailand, China and third-world countries.
International tourist arrivals through the borders are increasing each year. Foreign travellers visit the country to enjoy its natural scenery, including the highlands, mountains, rivers and forests. The diverse range of culture, traditions and lifestyles of the rural communities in Myanmar are also major attractions.
The town’s well-known destinations among tourists are Talaw Market, Mahamyatmuni Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, the ethnic village and the Chinese temples. The tourism authorities are now focusing on implementing eco-tourism, as well as coastal, marine and community-based tourism, in some states and regions.
According to the ministry, international tourist arrivals from all points of entry in the first eight months of this fiscal year have increased 20 per cent, compared with the same period last year.

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