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May 21, 2019

Visitors throng to Bagan despite scorching heat

Myanmar has received more tourists in the high season this year compared to last year, and a large number of travelers are visiting Bagan every day, in spite of the soaring temperatures.
“Tourist entries in Bagan have increase compared with the year-ago period. Bagan, Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Ngwesaung beach are among Myanmar’s famous tourist sports. After Myanmar began granting visa exemptions and visas-on-arrival, tourism has boomed. If Myanmar can develop more tourist sites than the neighboring countries, it will get more tourists,” said U Sai Soe Han, deputy chairman, Chinese Tourist Guides Association.
Chinese tourists usually visit Myanmar between October and March. With tourists from visa-free countries entering Myanmar in the summer season, the hill regions and the Bagan cultural zone are packed with visitors.
Tourists mostly enter Myanmar on chartered flights in April and May. Travel agencies offer Mandalay-Bagan, Nay Pyi Taw, and Yangon-Bagan-NgweSaung tour plans in Mandalay and Yangon.
The government is trying to earn foreign income by boosting Myanmar’s tourism sector. The regional governments are planning to use Myanmar handicrafts, culture, and food to draw tourists. Travelers can also enjoy scenic views of mountains and observe the ethic culture, costumes, food, and lifestyle.
Bagan is currently seeing a large number of tourist arrivals, even in the hot summer season, and more visitors are expected to arrive in May. — Than Htike

(Translated by La Wonn)

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