Monthly Archives: December 2017

CBT in Thandaunggyi has become popular this year

Photo shows Naw Bu Baw prayer mountain of Thandaung Gyi in Kayin State.  Photo: Supplied

More local visitors flock to Thandaunggyi this year as Community Based Tourism is developing in the township and return of the peace to the area eased travel restrictions.
Visitors to Thandaunggyi daily increased due to consequences of peace process in the State. Upon travel permit from the regional government and related organizations, local visitors and tourists can observe indigenous culture and tradition and give a tour to coffee plantation and other crop farms, hot spring, waterfall, Naw Bu Baw Hill station, etc.
Thandaunggyi is one of the less well known of the hill stations established during British colonial rule. The place was listed on Myanmar’s tourist attractions during a declaration of Visit Myanmar Year in 1996. Number of visitors to Thandaunggyi increased from three digits to five digits in 2012. CBT was implemented in Thandaunggyi in December 2014.
Thandaunggyi Tourism Development Working Group and local stake holders managed to develop socio-economy of the local residents, creating job opportunities and providing facilities to the travelers.
With rich nature attractions and indigenous culture, Kayin State attracted over 187,660 tourists and over 505,260 local visitors as of September this year.
Inflow of day trippers to Kayin State increased this year. In the peak season, many tourists visit Hpa-An, the capital of Kayin State. Mount Zwegabin, Kyauk Kalap, Paddamya Cave, Saddan Cave, Kawt Gun Cave, Bayit Nyi Naung Cave, Hot Spring are also famous tourist spots in the State.

Min Thu/Tun Tun Htway

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

12th Pyin Oo Lwin flower festival to feature 200,000 flowers

People are sightseeing around the site at the flower festival of Pyin Oo Lwin, also known as the city of flower.  Photo: MNA

The 12th Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival held in the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region from 16 to 31 December will showcase close to 200,000 flower species.
Officials said that if the situation of the flowers is good, the festival will be extended. The flower festival will also include musical entertainment and shops. Tens of thousands of people usually visit the annual flower festival, said Ko Kyaw Lin Oo, in charge of the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.
“There were more visitors this year, and if the conditions of the flowers and the weather are good, the festival will be extended beyond 31 December”, added Ko Kyaw Lwin Oo.
About 200,000 flowers of differing colours from 48 different types of flowers will be displayed. The entry is Ks500 for children and Ks1,000 for adults. About 10,000 visitors are expected to visit daily. Due to recent rain, there were some difficulties in planting the flowers, officials said.
“About 20 per cent of the flowers displayed are fakes, but 80 per cent are real. Even the flower festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand is unable to display 100 per cent real flowers. The real flowers for the festival were planted in October, so almost everything is ready” said U Wai Phyo Aung, the executive director of National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.
Rain also caused a problem for the 2016 flower festival, where more than 200,000 flowers were planted, but only 30,000 survived the weather. Flowers are planted four times a year for at the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden for the festival, including flowers from Thailand and China, it is learnt.

Aung Thant Naing

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Number of tiger and wildlife species in Hugaung Tiger Reserve collected

The photo of tiger captured by camera. Photo: Supplied
Population of tiger and wildlife species dwelling in Hugaung Tiger Reserve and their habitats are being surveyed in cooperation with the Forest Department, said U Aung Kyaw from Wildlife Conservation Society (Myanmar Programme).

Hugaung Tiger Reserve and Khakaborazi National Park, under the guard of a forest officials, the police and WCS members, are being protected from hunting and cutting trees. Awareness campaigns concerning wildlife conservation activities will also be conducted for public participation in the drive, said U Aung Kyaw. A training will be conducted with foreign experts in a bid to improve capacity of WCS and Forest Department’s staff.
The trainees will receive skills for survey, patrolling and use of camera traps, GPS, compass, clinometers, range finders. They will also participate in oversea workshop and meetings.
The authorities will raise awareness about wildlife conservation in Hugaung Tiger Reserve and Khakaborazi National Park to attract people for activities for Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). –Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Chindwin River Bridge (Khamti) nears completion

An aerial view of the bridge across the Chindwin River in Khamti.  Photo: Supplied

A PROJECT to construct a bridge across Chindwin River in Khamti Township in Sagaing Region is currently 80 per cent complete, according to the Bridge Department (Sagaing Region).
Initiated since late 2016, the new project is expected to be finalized by March, said U Myo Khine, one of assistant directors of the Bridge Department. The region government funded Ks19.6 billion to the construction of bridge. Upon completion of the project, socio-economic development of local villages in the upper Sagaing Region and Naga area would be improved. The new bridge will be 809.5-meter long and will include 8.5-meter wide motor road and one-meter wide platforms. The bridge department under the Ministry of Construction has constructed the new RC bridge linking Khamti Town in the east of the Chindwin River and Hsinthay Village in the west of the river.
The new bridge is situated one mile from Khamti and it is on the route to Lahe Town in Naga area. After completion the project, villagers will enjoy the smooth transportation between Naga Self-Administered Zone and other towns in Sagaing Region and Kachin State.
People in Naga area are facing difficulties especially in the wet season, because of uneasy access to Sagaing Region.
Residents expect that the new bridge would reduce the travel time between Naga and other areas.—Win Oo (Zeyataing)

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Some restrictions in Bagan’s property zone to be relaxed


Three points submitted by people in the property zone of Bagan will be considered for easing in consideration of their continued cooperation in achieving the goal of listing the archaeological zone on UNESCO’s world heritage list.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture received a petition from the local people in the property zone, who appealed to authorities to consider the property zone as a “medium zone”, in an attempt to remove some restrictions on their businesses.
They also requested the government amend the three points if the demands would be a hindrance to the government’s attempts to add Bagan to World Heritage List.
“The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture would do negotiations with the local people to amend the points,” said the statement.
The first amended point the local people demanded was as follows: “Construction can be made for living in, for use as farmland, for running traditional businesses such as producing arts and crafts, for opening offices, shops, restaurants and lodging houses”.
The second amended point the local people demanded was: “The area of the building to be built as lodging for tourists must not be over 2,400 square feet, with the height of houses under 30 feet.”
The third amended point was: “In installing TV satellites and other accessories, obstrusive installation must be avoided.” In case economic communications towers are to be built, construction can be permitted in accord with the Heritage Impact Assessment so that communication systems will not obstruct scenes of ancient heritage.
The news release requested the local people to help the national cause for designating Bagan region as a cultural heritage zone.— Shin Min

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

New ships delivered for Yangon Water Bus Service


A Yangon water bus is moving along Yangon River in Yangon. Because of the arrival of the new Yangon Water Buses, the transportation system to ease traffic problem.  Photo: Zaw Gyi

New ships for the Yangon Water Bus service have arrived in Yangon, according to a report in the Myawady Daily yesterday.
“For the extension of the Yangon water bus service, the company is constructing new ships in the country, and importing speed boats and ships,” said an official from Tint Tint Myanmar Group of Companies.
The arrival of the new ships includes three speed boats and two ships. Currently, the Department of Inland Water Transport is reviewing the safety of the vessels and ships.
The company will announce new schedules after the inspection process.
The company is now operating the Insein-Botahtaung schedule from 7 am to 9 pm using eight ships.
The company plans to extend services, since the number of passengers has increased.—GNLM

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Pyin Oo Lwin Elephant Camp to be opened soon


Mahouts train elephants at the elephant camp near Three-Step Falls, nine miles and three furlongs from Kyauk Chaw-Ye Ywa Road in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region. Photo: Supplied

With a view to introducing the Elephant Camp for vacationers, arrangements for opening the conservation camp with six elephants by the end of December is underway, officials said.
The elephant camp is near Three-Step Falls, nine miles and three furlongs from Kyauk Chaw-Ye Ywa Road in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, according to the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (Mandalay Region).
The camp, which is 27 miles from Mandalay, houses six elephants from the Marle elephant camp in Singu Township which were brought here on 4 December. The camp is situated on 74 acres of land, and is targeted to be opened on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Arrangements can be made for those who wish safe and secure riding of elephants, said U Aung Myint Htay, the manager.
“Services will be provided up to the waterfall. A night-stay program is not allowed, including for foreign tourists. Places for lodging at night are not convenient. On riding elephants, safe and secure services will be given. Arrangement for visitors to feed elephants with sugar-cane have already been made. Fare for riding elephants is designated by the department. Liquor is not allowed to be sold at restaurants, only soft drinks and food. Abodes for workers had been arranged. One elephant is cared for by two mahouts.”
Of the six elephants, one is 55 years old, with the others between the ages of 10 and 17. They are considered tame. Fees for riding elephants are designated at Ks 5,000 plus the entrance fee of Ks1,000 for Myanmar citizens, while Ks20,000 plus the entrance fee of Ks2000 have been designated for foreign travellers.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and Four Paws International [FPI] was signed on 19th September to use 1.8 million euros for establishment of elephant camps and conservation of elephants. It has been learnt that Wingabaw, Hmawyawgyi, Nathmaw, Pawlangyaintba, Wawma, Warphyutaung, Natmauk, Chaungtha, Kyarzwe and Mokekha elephant camps were already established, it was learnt.
According to the statistics of the Hotels and Tourism Department, Mandalay Region, there were 374,221 tourists coming into the region from China, Thailand, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the US and the UK. Of them, most were from China, Thailand and France.

By Aung Thant Khaing

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Expansion of Mandalay international flights attracts more tourists

A couple of tourist walk across U Bein Bridge over Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay. Photo: Nyi Zaw Moe

Tourist arrivals to Mandalay have increased due to an expansion of Mandalay international flights, specifically the Mandalay-Bangkok-Yangon-Mandalay, Mandalay-Hong Kong and Mandalay-Gaya routes.
Additionally, tourists come to visit Mandalay through border gates by motorcycle or cars. Mandalay hosted a total of 374,221 tourists from January to October this year, mostly from China, Thailand, India, Singapore and Viet Nam. Tourists from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States also visited Mandalay.
Tourists like to tour the Bagan-Nyaung U cultural zone, the Ava cultural site and Pyin Oo Lwin.
To facilitate the tourists, in addition to three international airports — Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, they are now permitted to enter the country via Kawthoung, Tachilek and Myawady land points of entry with a valid e-Visa.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar