December 15, 2016

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Southern Shan State sees sharp tourism increase

Rescuers take practice in Inlay Lake, Nyaungshwe Township. Photo: MoHT
Rescuers take practice in Inlay Lake, Nyaungshwe Township. Photo: MoHT

AN increasing number of foreign tourists are visiting destinations in southern Shan State, such as Taunggyi, Inlay, Kalaw and Pindaya, all of which can be reached easily via Heho by plane or by express bus from Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Tachilek and Kengtung.
Inlay Lake, which is situated 2,950 feet above sea level, continues to be a popular tourist destination. The traditions of its indigenous Inntha people, including their handloom-woven traditional clothes, metallurgical works and pottery, as well as water birds and herbal plants and famous pagodas nearby, attract thousands of foreign tourists.
The number of foreign tourists to the region increased from 60,017 in 2012 to 123,045 in 2014, and a total of 96,993 foreign tourists have visited Inle region this year as of October.
Taunggyi boasts excellent scenery, as well as the ancient pagoda complexes of Mwedawketku, Panetaloke Lake and Shwe Oo Min cave.
The hill resort of Kalaw is home to Danu, Taungyo, Palaung,
Pa-O, Shan and Bamar ethnic communities. A total of 12,561 foreign tourists had visited the Kalaw area this year as of October.—Myanmar News Agency

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