Due to warmer than average temperatures, visitors are flocking to the Seventh-Mile Beach, as well as the beach resorts on the coast of Dokhtawaddy River, which is a major tributary of the Ayeyawady River.
According to the Sunday report of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, the daytime temperature reached 44° C in Mandalay, which is why Seventh-Mile Beach is seeing an increase in visitors from Mandalay and nearby areas.
Regarding the facilities, U Tun Myint, in-charge of the beach, said, “Located between Mandalay and PyinOoLwin, Seventh-Mile Beach is only a one-hour drive from Mandalay and one-and-a-half-hour drive from PyinOoLwin. It is open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a daily basis. Regularly, the beach is crowded with 500-800 visitors per day. The number of visitors significantly increases to 1,000-1,500 on weekends and public holidays. The majority of visitors are young people. The beach currently charges K2,000 per visitor.”
“Due to the extreme temperature, residents in Mandalay are used to going somewhere to keep themselves cool. The number of visitors usually decreases on rainy days. Earlier, we collected only K1,000 per head. Admission fees were raised to K2,000 starting on the full moon day of Dabaung on 20 March, after we improved customer services for visitors,” he added.
Regarding the beach, Htet Ye Paing, a visitor from NyaungU, said, “I have never been to Seven-Mile Beach. I am now at the beach and it provided an awesome experience for me. There are various facilities to fully enjoy a great beach vacation. During the holidays, we swam in the clean water and played basketball there.” The beach hosts visitors with several entertainment programmes, including music and dance shows, magic shows and games. There is also a car park, food stalls and souvenir shops for visitors. In addition, life guard services are available at the beach, including staff manning life saving boats.
By Tin Maung Lwin (Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)