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November 20, 2018

Tourist arrivals via Tachilek border exceed 840,000 this year

Tourists are seen in Tachileik.  Photo: moht

More than 840,000 international visitors crossed into the country through the Tachilek border gate in the current fiscal year, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reported.
The majority of foreign travellers came from Thailand, China and third world countries. They entered Tachilek, a land border in Shan State in eastern Myanmar through the Mae Sai border, crossing Thailand, to visit the town’s well-known destinations on a one-day return visit or overnight trip.
Popular destinations among tourists are Talaw Market, Mahamyatmuni Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, the ethnic village and Chinese temples.
Between 2 and 8 February this year, some 670 foreign visitors, including 128 day-trippers, entered the country through Tachilek. Most of them were from Thailand.
International tourist arrivals through the borders are increasing each year. Foreign travellers visit the country to enjoy its natural scenery, including highlands, mountains, rivers and forests. The diverse range of culture, traditions and lifestyles of the rural communities in Myanmar are also major attractions.
The country is now focusing on implementing culture-based tourism, as well as eco-tourism, including coastal, marine and community-based tourism.
According to the ministry, international tourist arrivals from all points of entry in the first eight months of this FY have increased by 20 per cent, compared with the same period last year.

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