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November 13, 2019

Myitsone becomes popular destination for holidaymakers

Visitors taking photos along the riverbank at the Myitsone in Kachin State. Photo: Htein Nan Naw
Visitors taking photos along the riverbank at the Myitsone in Kachin State. Photo: Htein Nan Naw

Myistone can be reached in less than one-hour drive from Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. The confluence of the Maykha and Malikha rivers that formed Ayeyawady River has attracted many visitors with its natural beauties.
The area has seen a large number of visitors during the Thadingyut holidays this year.

Ko Bran Aung (Sone Wine Restaurant)
Before Myitsone resting camp was set up, there was only a little bamboo shop here. When the arrival of visitors has increased, more shops haven been found. The area also becomes well-known for its controversial issues. Some people visited here with curiosity about Myitsone. Many of the visitors were on vacation here. As there are no more shops in downstream areas, the shops on high lands have been busy this year. The sale is up only during six months of high season.

Daw Win Win (Yangyiaung Ward, Myitkyina)
As I am a local of Myitkyina, I frequently visit Myitsone during public holidays. I used to bring my guests to here. This is a real resting place with magnificent sceneries which are believed to wipe out all the stress and tiredness of visitors. In the past, the water was so clear that the stones at the bottom of rivers can be seen. The climate has also changed, and the clarity of water has declined. Although the river becomes narrow, a lot of natural beauties can still be seen. I hope this area to develop into an attraction of local and foreign visitors.

Ma Ohn Mar Myint (Monywa)
This is my first visit to Myitsone. The natural sceneries have caused relaxation although we got tired of a long journey by car. This environment is totally different from our central zone of the country. There are also some other places worth visiting in this area.

Ko Myo San Aung
(Photographer, Myitsone Resting Camp)
A professional photographer needs to have good public relations with visitors. We also have to give information about some interesting places of this area in attracting them to visit here again. Many of them like to pose for photos with the costumes of ethnic people. We give advice on the costume shops. I am satisfied with taking photos for them.

Daw Aye Myint (Yangon)
This is my first visit to Myitsone. This environment has refreshed me as we got stressful in city life. I come here with my family members. As I become older, I have preferred natural places. I will try to visit here again.

Shun Lei Phyo (Student, Mandalay)
My dream has come true to visit Myitsone. I just passed the matriculation exam this year. I come here with my parents and friends. I had the photos taken in the dress of ethnic traditional costumes. The pleasant environment has refreshed me although I was so tired of taking a long journey by car. I will come here again with my friends.

Daw Jar Nu (Mali Inmai Kachin Traditional Restaurant)
We sell Kachin foods at the resting camp, and the business was expanded with hiring Kachin traditional costumes. We also sell local souvenirs. The hiring rate for each dress is K2,000. Demand in this Thadingyut Festival is higher along with the increasing number of visitors. — Kay Kay (Translated by Aung Khin)

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