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November 13, 2019

Myitkyina recreation centres bustle with domestic travelers

People enjoy their Thadingyut holiday at the creek in Aung Myin Thar Sanpya village.  Photo: Htein Nan Naw
People enjoy their Thadingyut holiday at the creek in Aung Myin Thar Sanpya village.  Photo: Htein Nan Naw

Myitkyina’s Bamboo Forest Recreation Centre was filled with holiday makers from morning to evening throughout the public holidays.
Daw Win Win Khine is from ChaungU Township and one of many travelers during the Thadingyut holidays. She calls Myitkyina quaint with many places to explore. Her impression of the bamboo forest is peaceful and lush and she notes the creek can be used to soak up natural water.
There are a few eateries near the creek and in the bamboo forest and Sone Naing Kwint is one of those restaurants. An employee from there, Ma Zar Zar, tells us the restaurant has been open since 2014 when there were fewer restaurants and only 40 to 50 people came to visit.
However, ever since the roads had been upgraded there has been a constant stream of visitors, said Ma Zar Zar. She said the shops nearby are mostly opened by locals. She said the recreation centre helps with employing the local people and boosting the local economy.
Another popular destination in Myitkyina is Kareinnaw Recreation Centre in Shwe Sett Ward. U Than Tun from Pamtee Village in Myitkyina Township is here for a visit. He said he often uses his free time to visit the centre, which he says is located in the urban part of town. He said beautiful natural rock formations are exposed when the water level of the Ayeyawady River recedes in the summer. —Kay Kay (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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