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February 18, 2020

Trishawmen profit from ferrying tourists around Dala

Tourists enjoy riding trishaws to explore places in Dala Township.  Photo: Maung Yin Oo (Dala)
Tourists enjoy riding trishaws to explore places in Dala Township.  Photo: Maung Yin Oo (Dala)

Trishawmen are pleased with the profits earned from driving tourists around Dala of late even as they face competition from the entry of motorcycles with carriers in the transportation market.
“Our business may suffer due to the entry of motorbikes and three-wheeled motorbikes. But, some tourists are still riding the trishaw, and so we can still earn a livelihood,” said a local trishaw driver.
Last year, trishaw operators had done good business in Dala Township.
Now, tourists are visiting Dala Township and they are preferring to ride trishaws. So, trishaw drivers are happy with the business coming their way.
“These days, tourists are coming to Dala Township. They need one trishaw per passenger. If there are 40 tourists, they will need 40 trishaws,” said Ko Hla Myint, a local trishaw driver from Kanbe Village.
“Moreover, we keep pathein umbrellas on trishaws to attract tourists. The umbrellas also protect them from the sun,” he said.
“Most of the tourists visiting Dala are from South Korea, China and Japan. Dala is very close to downtown Yangon, and tourists also like to ride the river crossing ferry boat to feed pigeons,” he added.
To preserve the trishaw association’s dignity, we have to ensure the safety of tourists, he said. —Maung Yin Oo (Dala) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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