Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sittwe, Mrauk U off limits

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has banned foreign tourists from visiting some sites in Rakhine and Shan states until further notice because of instability.

Sittwe, Mrauk U, Vesali and Maha Muni Pagoda in Rakhine State and Mong La in Shan State are now off limits, a spokesperson from the ministry said last week.

“We are temporarily not allowing tourists to visit these areas due to security concerns and the current situation in these areas is not really safe for the tourists. I am sure we will not close [the destinations] for long. I hope we will be able to reopen them soon,” the spokesperson said.

Other areas off limits to tourists include all of Kachin State, and Mogok and Nay Pyi Taw – including the nearby townships of Pyinmana, Lewe and Tatkon – in Mandalay Region.

“We have restricted access to these areas due to current situation only and I am sure we will allow the tourists very soon,” he said.