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July 05, 2020

Turning of Nantmongyi Falls in Pinlaung Township, Shan State into community-based destination underway

Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits the Nantmongyi Falls in Pinlaung Township, Shan State yesterday. Photo: MNA
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Chairman of the National Tourism Development Central Committee Vice President U Henry Van Thio, accompanied by Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council Dr. Myo Aung and departmental officials, left Nay Pyi Taw by car yesterday morning and arrived at Paunglaung Town in Pinlaung Township, Shan State, and was welcomed by cabinet members of the state U Soe Nyunt Lwin, Dr. Nyi Nyi Aung and U Sai Hson Sai and Chairman of Pa-O Self-Administered Zone U Khun San Lwin.
At the briefing hall of Paunglaung jetty, the Vice President heard a report on the history of Nantmongyi Falls, aim of the tourism destination, year-wise visitor arrivals, current situation, bamboo huts for visitors set up by the locals, prospects for tourism development, infrastructure requirement, proposed investment for Nantmongyi Falls and proposed building designs, long-term development programs of the destination, community-based tourism program, human resources development program and environmental friendly program, and the salient points and tourism development project of Panlaung Pyadalin Wildlife Sanctuary in Ywangan Township. Union Minister U Ohn Maung, Shan State ministers and the Chairman of Pa-O Self-Administered Zone also explained the progress in developing the Nantmongyi Falls tourism destination and the bright prospects.
In response, the Vice President said a master plan should be adopted to link the Nantmongyi Falls tourism destination with the nearby attractive places such as Leinli Bridge, Har Falls and hot springs. Attention should be paid to ensuring profits for the investor and the long-term benefits and job opportunities for the locals. Waterway and food should be improved for the safety of visitors. Special care should be made in protecting and preserving the natural environment and solving the garbage problem. As the location of the Nantmongyi Falls is contiguous with other destinations, a large number of locals as well as foreigners may visit it. So, safety and cleanness and pleasantness should always be the priority. Human resources development courses should be conducted for the locals to produce personal goods from bamboo and other raw materials.
The Vice President and party left the jetty and arrived at the jetty of Nantmongyi Falls after observing the conservation of the watershed area of Paunglaung Dam and water inflow.
The Vice President viewed a series of cascades of the Nantmongyi Waterfall, environmental greening and arrangements for development of the destination. He then posed for documentary photos together with the members of his entourage and the visitors.
The Vice President and party left Nantmongyi Falls by boat and arrived at Paunglaung jetty where they proceeded to Nay Pyi Taw by car and arrived there in the evening.
Nantmongyi Waterfall is located in Leinli Forest Reserve in Pinlaung Township, Shan State (South) 12 miles north of Pinlaung. Efforts are being made to attract more local and foreign visitors to the blue waterfall. Over 8,000 visited the place in 2018 and 12,000 in 2019. A motor schooner transport service is available for the tourists. The destination is being developed into a community-based tourism site, and arrangements are underway for building bungalows and other interesting events at the Nantmongyi Waterfall. — MNA(Translated by TMT)

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