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New Myeik tour to launch in October — Cock Comb’s heart-shaped lake in Taninthayi to draw visitors

Cocks Comb Island in Myeik Archipelago.—Photo supplied by Good Life Myanmar
Cocks Comb Island in Myeik Archipelago.—Photo supplied by Good Life Myanmar

Yangon, 31 Aug— A number of local travel agencies will offer tours to Cocks Comb Island in Myeik Archipelago for the first time in October, travel industry members have said.
The southernmost part of Myanmar has seen very little tourism to date due to the high prices charged to sail through the archipelago. Its main visitors are wealthy Thais; however this tourist season will see tours aimed at attracting local holidaymakers for the first time. Many in Myanmar’s tourism industry believe that the unspoiled archipelago will become one of the country’s premier tourist destinations in years to come and that Cocks Comb, the island with a heart-shaped lake, will be one of the area’s main focal points.
Local and Thai-based travel agencies will begin a tour around Cocks Comb Island and Thahtay Island, as well as the better known destination Kawthoung, which is located at the southernmost point of Myanmar and is 28 miles southwest of Cocks Comb Island, plus the Thai border town of Ranong.
“We can offer private tours of Cocks Comb Island to local travellers,” said U Kaung Myat Oo of Good Life Myanmar Travel Agency.
He added that a tour which includes Cocks Comb Island and a two-day trip to Ngwe Saung Beach would cost more than US$3,000 per person  for foreign tourists.
The number of tourist arrivals has increased year on year, reaching 0.79 million in 2010, 1.06 million in 2012, 2.04 million in 2013 and 4.4 million in 2014.
The country expects to see the number more than six million tourists in 2017.—GNLM

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