Massive turnout of holiday-makers throng Chaungthar beach resort during Thadingyut Festival

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More travellers visit Chaungtha in Pathein Township during the Thadingyut Festival. Photo: Nay Lin

Crowds of holiday-makers have fully occupied all the guesthouses and hotels at Chaungthar beach resort in Pathein Township, Ayeyawady Region, during the Thadingyut Festive this year as the beach is well-known for its pristine and pollution-free environment.
Daw Mya May from Yangon said, “Five persons of our family are making one-night stay here. As the schools and offices are closed for the Thadingyut holiday. We bought the travel package online. Guesthouses and hotel rooms have been filled with the massive number of visitors.”
While the visitors from Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa and Mawlamyine stayed one or two nights, the people from nearby areas have made day trips.
U Myint Maw, the manager of Ruby Guest House, said, “More visitors have come to Chaungthar beach this year. There is no vacant room at our guesthouse every day during this period. However, we cannot increase room charges too much.” U Naing Aung, the staff officer from the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism of Chaungthar beach, confirmed that there are 25 hotels and 8 guesthouses at the resort, and the facilities are quite enough the visitors although plans have been made to set up more accommodations.
Souvenir shops and local foods were busy with many visitors, and the night sky is aglow with fireworks.
Some people also took motorboats to visit Phoe Kalar island where they paid homage a pagoda, enjoyed sunset, swam with friends and purchased local products.
U Nyunt Win Aung, the General Manager of Coral View Hotel from this island, said, “The visitors can experience the taste of sea if they took motorboat to come here. The island is so pleasant as it is located on a high land. The number of visitor is high this year as they have enough days for visits. Our hotel is opted by people from all strata of life.” The White Sand island, about one and half miles in the west of Chaungthar beach, can be reached by motorboats. Most of the visitors to this island enjoyed underwater views.
The Brother and Sister Rock and the Elephant Camp located about 4 miles in the north of Chaungthar beach were the places for pilgrims, picnickers, viewers of sunsets over the sea, horse riding, elephant riding and tricycle riding.
U Shwe Wah Tun, the mahout of elephant camp, said “Most of the visitors to Chaungthar beach arrived here. It takes each elephant ride about 15 minute on the beach. More visitors are seen this year.”
Other destinations for the visitors included Ma Gyi- Shwe Thaung Yan beach, Wat Thay Chai beach, Uto creek, Goyangyi island and Ngwesaung beach.—MNA
(Translated by Aung Khin)

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