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Better infrastructure needed to match tourist boom in Myanmar


08-10-2014 13:05 BJT

Tourism has become Myanmar’s most important industry over the past few years. But while the country’s opening-up policy is creating opportunities for the tourism industry, it is also revealing the shortcomings of local infrastructure.

A large part of the country’s appeal is the abundant cultural legacy left by the Bagan Dynasty, which reached its zenith about 800 years ago.

With more than 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas, it is easy to see why the city of Bagan in central Myanmar attracts so many tourists.

Sunrise and sunset are the most impressive scenes in Bagan. Every morning and evening, the tallest pagodas are crowded with tourists from all over the world. The best time for sightseeing is the dry season. But hotels are also often fully booked at other times.

After years of being closed to the outside world, Myanmar’s infrastructure needs a lot of improvement before it can compete with neighboring countries such as Thailand.

The number of tourists visiting Myanmar has reportedly increased by almost 50 percent annually. But as well as more hotels, the country needs to improve all other areas of its infrastructure.

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