Myeik Archipelago tourism industry faces challenges

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Destinations in Myeik Archipelago and local visitors. photos : Myint Oo (Myeik)

According to insiders, the tourism industry in the Myeik Archipelago, Taninthayi Region, is encountering challenges due to increasing costs.
Regional tour companies primarily cater to local travellers rather than visitors from other regions or foreign countries.
A tour operator explained, “We attract local communities to travel at a subsidised price on public holidays like Christmas and New Year. Even a day trip costs over K100,000 for one traveller.” Previously, Myeik District hosted over 40 travel companies, but the number has dwindled to just a handful. The industry has suffered, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We plan to suspend operations after Chinese New Year and Thingyan Festival. The responsibility for sustainable tourism also adds to the difficulty. It’s becoming increasingly challenging each day”
The archipelago boasts pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and the indigenous Salone tribe. Visitors can enjoy activities such as swimming, boating, sightseeing in the mangroves, and observing life on fishing boats.
Famous landmarks include Lay Island, Bailey Island, Kyalleik Island, Donenyaunghmine Island, Smart Island, Padan Island, and Don Waterfall.—Myint Oo (Myeik)/NT

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