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February 17, 2020

Over 853,000 foreign day-trippers visit Myanmar from Thai border this FY

Foreign travellers are seen near a border gate in Myanmar.  Photo: Supplied

MORE THAN 853,000 international day-trippers paid a single day visit to Myanmar through the Tachilek border between Myanmar and Thailand since last April, according to a weekly report of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
As of 22 February, the arrivals of foreign day-trippers to the country totalled 853,735. 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.
Between 16 and 22 February of this year, 161 foreign travelers toured the country through Tachilek and visited the town’s popular destinations for a one-day trip.
With the aim of boosting the country’s smokeless industry, efforts have been made to extend more marine tourism and ecotourism development projects countrywide. Among programmes, the development of cross-border trips is high on the government’s list of priorities, according to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry.
Popular tourist destinations in Myanmar include archaeological sites, mountain ranges, natural forests, beaches, ancient monuments, and a diverse range of traditions and lifestyles of ethnic tribes.

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