Plans to put Kyaukka Village on tourism map

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Kyaukka village in Myeik District, Taninthayi Region, will become a new tourist destination.  Photo: Myint Oo (Myeik)

Tourism authorities are working on a plan to add Kyaukka Village to the list of tourist destinations in the Myeik archipelago, according to the Myeik Tourism Entrepreneurs’ Association.
Located in Palaw Township of Myeik District in Taninthayi Region, Kyaukka Village is situated on an island in the shape of a crab’s pincers. The village has over 1,000 households and a population of 4,470 people. The villagers have built houses on stilts over the water, and rely mainly on fishing.
Tourism authorities are making arrangements to develop the village into a tourist spot, as it has great potential to attract both local and international visitors, the association said.
Currently, operators are offering two main tour packages in the Myeik archipelago, which include trips to the Donnyaunmine Village and Samat island.
Operators are now planning to start new tour packages, which will allow tourists to visit Pala Settawya Pagoda and three other islands, said U Myint Than, the manager of Mergui Dolphin Tour Company. Demand for the new tour packages is expected to be high this season, he added.
The people in the Milethway, the Kyatchaung, and the Thechaung villages follow a lifestyle similar to the Kyaukka villagers, he said. They also conduct fishing as a major business, producing aquaculture products such as dried fish and fish paste.

—Myint Oo (Myeik)

(Translated by
Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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