Burma Tourist Spots

Myanmar Tourist Places

Myanmar's touristic hot spots, a filthy custom. Ruthless garbage collection by local travelers is causing a burgeoning garbage issue in places from the old Bagan sanctuaries to isolated Shan State canals. A GRANDEUR at historic places and other touristic sights all over the land is corrupted by nasty garbage heaps - and we Myanmar have only ourselves to put the finger on.

It is a worsening issue due to the strong rise in the number of Myanmarers visiting their home country, as tour operators have been reporting since around 2010. Local travelers are more and more often associated with the use of literature in Myanmar. When visiting a Myanmar touristic destination that is contaminated with garbage, you can be sure that it is a favourite with local travelers.

Some of the country's most sought-after resorts, not least Chaung Tha in the Ayeyarwady region, became unattractive after the Thurgyan week. It is a question that seems to cross ethnical and worship borders, because it is a question of the whole state. Civic groups and worried inhabitants are struggling with the unattractive garbage that countrymen dispose of at the railroad between Mandalay and Lashio, as far away as the ruins of the antique town of Mrauk-U in Rakhine state and the exciting Gokteik viaduct in Shan state.

This railway overpass covers a steep canyon and is the longest in Myanmar at around 690m. It' a miracle of technology and a long standing touristic destination. Nawnghkio, the city closest to the Viadukt, is suffering from a rising waste disposal problems due to a huge rise in the number of people visiting the canyon.

"Waste near the Viaduct is getting more and more serious," said Ko Myint Than, member of Inzein Muay, an NGO from Nawnghkio. The members of Inzein Muy and the inhabitants of the city have reacted to the current state of affairs by gathering the garbage that the public leave behind, especially on public holiday. A further attractive landscape in Shan, which is affected by the waste tourists leave behind, is the Hai Pa Waterfall near the city of Mong Hsu, about six hrs by car north-east of the state capitol Taunggyi.

It is said to be one of the most scenic waterfalls in Southeast Asia, but few travelers have seen it because it is located in an area under the control of the Shan State Progress Party and its armoured Shan State Army (North), which has often fought with the Tatmadaw.

Garbage has been dumped upstairs, even shattered water tanks - a sure indication that Myanmar's Falls are an attraction for people. Inland recreationalism has only become popular in recent years, but Myanmar Buddhists have been making a pilgrimage to places of worship for hundreds of years. But even the splendid plains of Bagan, full of temples, have not been left untouched by unthinking waste.

Garbage can be found in the shrines and zedis constructed between the eleventh and thirteenth century, although as one of the most important goals for international tourists it can be unjust to accuse the issue only of indigenous people. It is the fault of U Tin Htoo Maung, who is part of a campaign to keep the archaeological zone of Bagan free of garbage, says that it is the fault of some people.

Describing it as" a deeply entrenched habit". He' one of those behind the Bagan Plastic campaign, a community effort where helpers are collecting and disposing of waste scattered in the area' s sanctuaries, which complements the work of the community waste collection. Advertising for the puppet promotion program has been helping her to win more followers as more Myanmar comes to Bagan.

Surveys of the camp have shown that the amount of garbage in the area - which includes Nyaung-U, New Bagan and Old Bagan - is about 36 tons per hour, of which about 20 per cent is made up of plastics wastes such as bottled waters. "It was shocking to hear that a small area like Bagan can produce such a large amount of plastics waste," Tin Htoo Maung said to Frontier.

The modernisation has helped pollute Myanmar. It is also a serious issue in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State, the former capitol of a wealthy and mighty Arakan ese empire, which was founded between the fifteenth and eighteenth century. Mrauk-U with its tens of antique shrines is one of the most important archeological places of the state.

"When you ask me to show you the filthiest old hometown, I will show you Mrauk-U," said Daw Khin Than, chairman of the Mrauk-U Heritage Trust. In contrast to Bagan, the village inhabitants are living between the remains, and Khin Than drew attention to the absence of a waste management system for the municipality and its surroundings.

Once open channels were blocked by waste, resulting in floods that Khin Than fears could cause some of the old churches to be damaged. Not only does it cause harm to the temple, but it also fears that the pollution will give Myanmar a bad name. Civic groups have implemented a number of programmes to inform citizens about the adverse effects that litter can have, but many fear that it could take generation to shift their minds.

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