Over 360,000 tourists visit Myanmar via Tachilek border this year

Foreign travellers seen in Kengtung in Shan State.  Photo: Ministry of Hotels  and Tourism
Foreign travellers seen in Kengtung in Shan State. Photo: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism

FOREIGN visitors entering Myanmar via Tachilek, a border town between Myanmar and Thailand, has reached 360,238 in total since April this year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. From 1 April through 23 August this year, the border town hosted 353,913 day-trippers, 3,524 visitors who joined Mongphyat-Kengtung trip and 2,801 foreigners entering the town by air. The majority of visitors are from Thailand.
The Thai tourists and those from third world countries visited well-known destinations in Tachilek, covering Talaw market, Chinese temples and some other Buddhist monasteries, Bayintnaung statue, Koemyosin spirit house, Myoma market in Wunkaung Ward, the replica of Shwedagon Pagoda, Padaung Village and Pintork waterfall.
According to the ministry’s data, a total of 22,272 globetrotters visited Myanmar from the Tachilek border between 17 July and 23 August this year.
Development of border tourism is high on the list of the government’s priorities, with tourism authorities trying to boost the country’s smokeless industry in collaboration with their development partners.—GNLM

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