TACHILEK, a border between Myanmar and Thailand, hosted a total of 337,966 international visitors between
April and mid-August this year, according to official figures released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Thanks to the government’s attempts to boost border tourism, the arrival of international tourists entering Myanmar through Tachilek has risen month by month. The majority of visitors are from Thailand.
Between 10 and 16 August this year, the town hosted 24,937 day-trippers, 100 foreigners joined Mongphyat-Kengtung trip and 122 entered the town by air, totalling 25,159 globetrotters, in which, Thai tourists made up the majority.
Those holidaymakers visited the town’s well-known destinations, including Talaw market, Bayintnaung statue, Myoma market in Wunkaung Ward, Koemyosin spirit house, the replica of Shwedagon Pagoda, Padaung Village, Koehtet Waterfall, Chinese temples and some other Buddhist monasteries.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is working to raise the country’s earnings from ecotourism projects, implementing not only border tourism but also community-based projects in potential tourism destinations.