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Thirty new tourist attractions developed by Mon State
According to the Union of Myanmar Tourism Association (UMTA), the Department of Hotel and Tourism plans to create five new travel sites in the state of Mon to lure more visitors to the south state. There are five scheduled targets including two of the Yayownship' s sandy shores, Mae Lan and Kay Lar Tha Hill in Belin Town and the surroundings of Mu Kyi Town in Paung Town near the main city of Mawlamyine, U Hauk Kyin Mone, acting principal at the Ministry's Mawlamyine Bureau, said Myanmar Business Today.
"The State of Mon welcomes more domestic and international tourism every year, while in 2014 172,344 international and 92,941 domestic travellers came here. The number of travellers will increase further in the years to come," said U Hauk Kyin Mone. In 2013, 65,746 domestic and 115,060 international guests came to Mon.
This new destination will boost the tourist revenues of the state and related sectors by drawing more domestic and international tourists, said U Tin Tun Aung, UMTA Sec. It also plans to support the tourist sector and the development of ecotourism programmes in the State of Mon, which has large parks and many well-known places.
Kyaikhtiyo's historical pageantry, also known as the Golden Rock, is a main tourist destination for local people and expatriates with Thai travellers, who make up the vast majority of international visit. In 2014, the Department estimates that approximately 3 million international visits came to Myanmar and that approximately 4.5 million international visits will be received in 2015.
Myanmar's 11 most common tourist scams
Burma is one of the most attractive in Southeast Asia. Myanmar has been hard to access for many years, but now this astonishing land is open and many flock in to savour some of its most stunning places such as the stunning Bagan Temple. However, this is still one of the least prosperous in Southeast Asia and this involves some touristic fraud when tourists are attracted.
Much of Myanmar's visit is trouble-free and violence is scarce, although people must keep their minds to prevent fraud in the area. In Myanmar, it is customary for all visiting places of worship to take off their footwear before entering as a token of awe.
If you take off your boots to go to a sanctuary in touristic areas like Bagan and Mandalay, a supportive native will tell you that he will take good charge of your boots until you do. As a general guideline, it is correct that you must take off your boots before entering a sanctuary, but it is unlikely that you will need someone to take good charge of them, as natives would not normally be stealing from a place of worship.
They can either make it clear that they don't need any help, or simply take off their boots and take them to the cloakroom. By the end of the trip they will tell you that they have been spending a lot of cash on gas to show you around and will ask you for a high rate for the trip.
As a general guideline: If someone is offering you a free trip, you have to make sure that it is really free. It is therefore better to prevent the predicament by courteously declining to take a trip or by having a fixed arrangement that you do not pay for your guide's work.
In Myanmar, some places are simple and have no menu. Since Myanmar is still a third-world nation, it is common for some places not to have a menu. SCOTTY: A general rule: In Southeast Asia (e.g. Cambodia) this fraud is widespread and is often used in Bagan or Yangon.
But you will get a poor exchangerate and the fraudsters will try to put downward pressure back on other travellers to buy back the money and banknotes at a similarly poor exchangerate and claim that they are pointless because Myanmar's natives cannot do it. As a general guideline, if you are asked for currencies or put under duress to trade currencies for Kyats, it is best to go polite or say that you have no currencies with you.
It' the greatest deception in Bagan, known for its monasteries. Usually a group of fraudsters sits in a small wood countertop and claims that you have to buy a high ticket to see all the warriors. This is actually a fraud and you only have to make one payment to access the archaeological zone of Bagan.
If you are asked to make a payment within a sanctuary, show your passport to the Bagan Archaeological Zone and declare that you have already made the payment. So if the cheaters go on, just go away and go to another one. Picking is common throughout Southeast Asia (e.g. Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.) and takes place in Myanmar.
Thieves usually work in overcrowded areas around Bagan and Mandalay and sometimes even kids. SCOTTY: A general rule: It is best to take only small sums and only as much with you as you need when you are leaving your accommodation. Also use a replacement pocket, cash purse or anti-theft pouch to prevent pickpocketing.
Thievery is an increasing issue in Myanmar and all of Southeast Asia (e.g. Malaysia, Philippines, etc.). SCOTTY: A general rule: It is a frequent fraud throughout Southeast Asia by unmeasured cabs to get you to spend more on your haul. There are no cabs with counters in Myanmar, so there are some riders who ask a much higher price.
As a general guideline, you only have to research to find out what a trip costs. Burma is known for its gems (as in Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc.), but this also means that counterfeit gems are widespread. One frequent deception is to get gems from a topical, usually out of their bag, which they maintain are sapphires or rubies and come from Mogok, which is an area in Myanmar renowned for its lovely rocks.
SCOTTY: A general rule: A fraud that is on the advance in Bagan focuses on a salesman who tells you that you are receiving a "unique" article. Because of its distinctive construction characteristics, you will be asked to cover a high cost for the play, which in fact is not unrepeatable and can be found throughout Myanmar.
SCOTTY: A general rule: Negotiate whenever you buy a souvenir in Myanmar and make sure that someone tells you that they are buying you a "unique" one. Currency exchangers in Myanmar are known for some fraud. As soon as you have agreed on a fee, the coin change will give you half of the invoices to be counted.
Because of the large number of invoices they then volunteer to keep the moneys for you while you keep on scoring, but actually take some of it if you don't look. Moneychanger will then put a rubber strap around your cash and can also take the chance to insert some banknotes at the same infeed.
As a general rule: If possible, only use coin change machines in a bank or hotel and do not use them on the street. When using an non-licensed coin acceptor, be very careful not to put any cash in your pocket.