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An archipelago of Myeik (Mergui) from Thailand
I' d like to go from Thailand to the Myeik-Archipel. I' m planning to go to Ranong and crossing the Kawthaung frontier. There you take a fast shuttle to Myeik and stay a few nights in the islands. Take a plane ride and look around Yangon for a few nights before returning directly to Bangkok.
I' m planing to apply for a tourism visas from the Burma Ambassador in London in order not to apply for the 14 days bounder. Would I still be limited to the Kawthaung area if I entered with a tourism visas across the Kawthaung borders, or could I continue my journey according to my above itinerary?
Myeik-Archipel as a new target for Thailand investments
Thailand's tourist secretary has made her first visit to the Myeik Islands to explore investments along the pristine coast of the Tanintharyi region. The Myeik region, where almost 700,000 inhabitants live, reflects the much more frequented coasts of South Thailand, along the opposite coast line of a small stretch of countryside.
Thailand and Myanmar authorities have talked about improving co-operation in the promotion of the region's tourist industry, said U Myo Win Than, Executive Vice President of the Grand Andaman Islands Company and Myanmar Tourist Federation's resident representatives, The Myanmar Times. After ASEAN' s yearly tourist meeting in the Philippines in February, the two nations came together to debate how to market as a unique city.
"As we talked about Myanmar, we noted that the Mergui Islands in Myeik County are very chilly and appealing with pristine tourist sites. Thailand's officers were very interested and asked for further talks," he said. Thailand's Secretary of Commerce for Sport and Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, then paid a visit to Myeik with a visit from a representative of the business community to evaluate the possibilities for developing the ASEAN connectivity programme.
"ASEAN is a country we want to see from other parts of the globe, and we want to concentrate on Myanmar. Myanmar has many unspoilt places to go, and Thailand has connections and airlines," she said in an interview at the end of February.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Thailand continues to be one of the top targets for foreigners, despite a fatal bomb attack in Bangkok last year and a high-profile lawsuit for the killing of a couple of UK backpack tourists on a vacation spot. Whilst Thailand's economic situation has suffered a blow in recent years, tourist revenues have stayed high, Ms Wattanavrangkul said.
Eight million of these are from abroad, 7. Eight million from ASEAN states. With only 11 441-room owned Myeik is almost intact. Aung Aye Han, Assistant Manager of the Ministry of Hotel and Tourist Affairs of Myanmar's Department of the Department of Tourism, said he would welcome Thai companies to Tanintharyi.
To date, there is only one single property in the area - the Pearl Laguna Resort, on a 13 hectare site in the municipality of Myeik. He added that Myeik still has a lot to do when it comes to the development of communications, the introduction of air lanes, the construction of hotel facilities and the provision of trustworthy power. There have been frequent services from Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Mandalay, Bagan and Nay Pyi Taw since May last year, but much still to do.
At the end of 2014, the Secretary of Tourist Affairs made headline news after two UK backpacker tourists were murdered on a Thai Isles when she advised to provide tourist ribbons and to limit parties on some of them. Wattanavrangkul considers such initiatives important, although municipal tourist income may be low.
However, with municipal development programmes, locals can profit from the revenue from tourism. Rules and policies are often inappropriate for the protection of pristine tourist sites, and the Community's engagement in the protection of its country is therefore vital, said Ms Wattanavrangkul.