Due to an increase in local and foreign visitors coming to Chaungtha beach in Ayeyawady Region during the Tazaungdaing holidays, hotel room rates are rising in the area these days, according to local visitors.
“Our team visited Chaungtha beach from Nay Pyi Taw. All of the team members are civil staff. We work hard throughout the year and so recreation in Chaungtha beach is a welcome change from desk-bound heavy work. But, the hotel rates in Chaungtha have given us a headache. We are staying in a normal room, but it is costing us K110,000 per night. There are seven members in our team,” said a visitor from the Nay Pyi Taw civil staff team.
“On normal days, most of the guest houses on Chaungtha beach charge only K30,000 per night for an ordinary, not well-furnished room, which can accommodate five persons. During regular holidays, most of the rooms are closed because there are no visitors coming to Chaungtha beach. Some hotels and motels charge K50,000 per night on normal days. Most guesthouses operate with municipal licenses, while some do not have licenses. Chaungtha beach is crowded with visitors during public holidays, such as the water festival, Thadingyut festival, and Tazaungdaing festival. On such holidays, the hotels are fully booked and room rates are a bit high,” said owners of local hotels, motels, and guesthouses on Chaungtha beach.
On 10 November, local and foreign visitors had to shell out anywhere between K60,000 and over K100,000 to stay at Chaungtha beach, depending on the size and condition of the room. According to local residents, the concerned authorities need to conduct an inspection to ensure the safety of visitors at Chaungtha beach. —Kyaw Kyaw (Mahlaing)
(Translated by Hay Mar)