Monthly Archives: January 2016

WWII-era cargo coach discovered in Swar River


World War-II era cargo coach is seen in the Swar River. Photo: Ko Lwin

A WORLD War II-era cargo coach was discovered in a river in Yedashe Township, Bago Region.
The coach was revealed by the silting of the Swar River causing the water level in part of the river to drop.
The cargo coach fell into the river when the train and the bridge it ran on were hit by bombs dropped by during WWII, according to an old woman who witnessed the event while she was hiding in the forest during the war.
There are some bullet holes on the left side of the car, according to people living in the area.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar plans to attract 7.5m tourists in 2020

Myanmar is planning to attract 7.5 million tourists in 2020, according to Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.

The ministry is setting out a master plan to attract tourists with six factors: transforming policies and organisations, amending the Tourism Law, preserving natural resources and culture, expanding infrastructure, preserving tourist attractions and developing human resources.

“We are making arrangements with a seven-year master plan. It is a plan targeting all sectors to develop,” said a ministry official.

The master plan is being developed by the ministry, Myanmar Tourism Federation, Norwegian government and its partner organisations since 2013.

The ministry predicted tourism growth with more than 20 million visitors between 2013 and 2020.

It was also predicted that Myanmar would top a list measuring tourism development between 2015 and 2025, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

The council studied tourist income and the proportion of GDP made by the industry, the growth rate of the industry, the creation of career opportunities, investment and exports compared with 180 countries. It said Myanmar would top the list by 2025.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Visitors flock to NyaungU

THE NyaungU area in the ancient city of Bagan, located on the bank of the Ayeyawaddy River, has become crowded with visitors this high season with particular interest paid to the pagodas located there—Tuyin Taung, Tantkyi Taung, Shwezigon and Lawkananda.
Most of visitors are foreign tourists according to locals. However, the majority of weekend visitors are Myanmar government staff and other weekending professionals.
Boatmen at the jetty near Buu Pagoda have seen their income doubled from the large numbers of visitors from home and abroad who take boat trips to Tantkyi Taung Pagoda.
During the tourist season boats will charge K35,000 (US$26) for a morning trip and K20,000 ($15) for an evening trip.
Bagan-NyaungU is famous for its amazing landscapes and the chance to observe the culture of the country.
Bagan, the capital of the first Myanmar Empire, is the main tourist destination area in the country. It includes one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. The Magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to come to Myanmar for nearly 1,000 years. This year’s total number of tourist arrivals has reached more than 4.2 million. It is estimated that the number will increase up to 5 millions by April this year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Ye Win Naing (NyaungU)

Source : Global News Light of Myanmar