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Myanmar widened its doors to foreign tourists

September 3, 2013 DESTINATION, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59According to the latest news of Bangkok Post, Myanmar has allowed foreigners holding its visas to freely choose to travel to the country via any of its six entry channels.

The channels cover the three land border crossings in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, Tak’s Mae Sot district and Ranong’s Muang district and three air entry ports through Myanmar’s airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. 250x250

A ceremony was held to launch the new arrangement at a border crossing between Mae Sai district and Myanmar’s Tachileik on Wednesday.

The event was presided over by Shan State Security and Border Affairs Minister Col Aung Thu and attended by several Thai officials, including Mae Sai district chief Boontham Tipprasong and Col Yongyuth Laoketkarn, deputy commander of Pha Muang Force’s 3rd special unit.

Col Aung Thu said the change is aimed at boosting relations between Thailand and Myanmar, and spurring tourism.

In 2012, Myanmar has already reached some 1 million tourists to visit its attractions such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Golden Rock at Kyaikhtiyo in Mon State, Old Royal Capital of Bagan, Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay or Inlay Lake in Shan State.

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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