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November 15, 2019

Over 57,000 foreign travellers visit Myanmar via Tachilek border

Foreign travellers seen in fornt of the Tachilek border gate in Shan State. Photo: Supplied

Some 57,970 international travellers visited the country through the Tachilek border gate in the current financial year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
From 1 and 26 April this year, some 57,968 foreigners, including 56,600 day-trippers, entered the country from Tachilek, a land border in Shan State 6, and the Mae Sai border on the Thai side, to visit the town’s well-known destinations on a one-day return visit or overnight trip. Most of them came from neighbouring Thailand, China and third-world countries.
Between 20 and 26 April, some 16,650 foreigners toured Myanmar through the Tachilek border, according to the ministry. Talaw Market, Mahamyatmuni Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, the ethnic village and the Chinese temples are the town’s popular destinations among tourists. The tourism authorities are now focusing on implementing eco-tourism, as well as coastal, marine and community-based tourism, in some states and regions.
International tourist arrivals through the borders are increasing each year. Foreign travellers visit the country to enjoy its natural scenery, including the highlands, mountains, rivers and forests. The diverse range of culture, traditions and lifestyles of the rural communities in Myanmar are also major attractions.
Concerted efforts are being made to implement more nature-based tourism development projects nationwide, and the development of cross-border trips is high on the government’s list of priorities, said a spokesperson from the ministry.

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