Over 153,000 foreigners visit Myanmar through Tachilek border in six months

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Visitors from neighbouring countries are seen in Tachilek. Photo: Moht

over 153,000 foreigners visited the country while entering through the Tachilek land border in Shan State in eastern Myanmar, and the Mae Sai border on the Thai side, during the current six-month financial year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Between 1 April and 7 June this year, atotal 153,247 tourists, including 150,063 day-trippers and 1,787 visitors who joined the Mongphyat-Kengyung trip, entered the country through the Tachilek border gate to visit the town’s well-known destinations on a one-day return visit or overnight trip. Most of them came from neighbouring Thailand, China and third-world countries. The ministry reported that the number of international visitors who entered the country from Tachilek Town in the first week of this month exceeded 15,000.
The town’s well-known destinations among tourists are Talaw Market, Mahamyatmuni Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, the ethnic village and Chinese temples.
International tourist arrivals from the borders are increasing each year. Foreign travellers visit the country to enjoy its natural scenery, including its highlands, mountains, rivers, forests and animals. The diverse range of culture, traditions and lifestyles of the rural communities in Myanmar are also major attractions.
The tourism authorities are now focusing on developing eco-tourism, as well as coastal, marine and community-based tourism in some states and regions.

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