Myeik tourism businesses near extinct on hike fuel prices

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One of the tourist destinations in Myeik Archipelago.

ONCE-popular Myeik Archipelago destination in Taninthayi Region crowded with the visitors attract only the small number of visitors and tourism businesses have nearly come to a halt, said a tourism entrepreneur.
“Soaring fuel oil prices hinder the business as it added extra charges on motorboat ride to tour around the islands. The transport charges increase from K100,000 to 150,000 per person,” he continued.
The tourism business which seemed to revive one month ago turned out sluggish again due to the COVID situation and security concerns.
“Myeik Archipelago tourism business has nearly stopped since 2020. Omicron variant and the political instability are contributing factors to the suspension of the business”, a tour operator quoted in his sayings.
There are 800 islands in Myeik Archipelago and the famous spots are Smart Island, Bailey Island, Kyalleik Island, Padan Island, Lay Island, Donenyaunghmine Island and Don waterfall.
The enchanting coastline, picturesque views, natural pebble beach, sandy beach, observing the culture, tradition, customs and living styles of Salon people and Kayin ethnic people are the tourist attractions in the Myeik Archipelago. Additionally, the visitors can enjoy fun sporting activities such as cycling, swimming, diving and snorkelling, fishing, studying natural rainforest and fishing businesses.
Visitors rarely use road transport amid security concerns and the pandemic. Additionally, only those individuals who have an urgent case fly with flights to the Myeik Archipelago. The Islands tour does not have any customers, for now, said a tour operator.
There were approximately 40 tour companies who have been offering service to Myeik Islands. Now, only ten have survived. — Myint Oo (Myeik)/GNLM

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