May 31, 2012

Myanmar to turn Nay Pyi Taw into tourist site

Myanmar will turn the new administrative capital of Nay Pyi Taw into tourist site in a bid to attract more tourists to the country, reported the local Yangon Times Wednesday.

Nay Pyi Taw stands as a restricted area for foreign tourists along with Phakant in Kachin State and Mogok in Mandalay region.

Ordinary foreigners were denied access to Nay Pyi Taw except for those with business visas or for investment purposes.

Most foreign visitors have much interest to visit the new capital where there are government ministries, military headquarters and parliament buildings.

Located near the Bago Yoma mountain range and close to the Shan State plateau in the east, Nay Pyi Taw lies 390 kilometers from Yangon, the former capital in the south, and 300 kilometers from Mandalay in the north.

Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, which is Myanmar's third international airport next to Yangon and Mandalay, was inaugurated in December last year on the occasion of the 4th Summit of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Economic Cooperation Program (GMS).

According to the tourism authorities, it will also allow foreigners to visit some tourist sites in Sagaing region, Chin and Kayah states.

Official statistics show that the number of tourist arrival amounted to over 800,000 in 2011, up more than 24,000 or 3 percent from over 790,000 in 2010.

Source: Xinhua 

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