Floods don’t curb tourism at Inwa
THE Ayeyarwady and Dotehtawaddy river water that flooded the old city of Inwa has not dampened the interest of tourists. Some locals even say there have been more visitors since the high waters.
About two weeks ago, flooding swamped some distinct locations within the Tada-U township portion of the old city, in Mandalay Region. On August 1, a 20-foot portion of the city’s wall broke, making the situation even wetter.
But stalwart visitors kept coming into the city during the flooding, Myin Hlae Association chair U Thein Htun said. After the floods subsided, there were more visitors than usual, he said.
“Now, the water has been receding for almost four days,” he said on August 8. “There was an average of 100 visitors every day of the floods. Guests were arriving non-stop. After the flood, there were between 200 and 250 visitors each day. Today there might be almost 300 visitors.”
The famous Bargayar Monastery was swamped by more than 2 feet of water after the dams could no longer hold the tides and the city wall was breached. Tourists could visit ancient pagodas, like Yadanar Si Mi and Wingapar, by boat.
“You could say that visitors are arriving earlier this year than in previous years,” said U Thein Htun. “Visitors have gradually been arriving starting in July. Places like Mal Nu Oak Monastery and Nan Myint Towers are no longer flooded. We can see the road to Bargayar Monastery now so we are going there with a horse and cart.”
The road from the Dotehtawaddy jetty in Oh-Tote Tan ward, where the horse cart gate is located, is bad, but most visitors arrive there. Drivers are charging K8000 for a horse and cart ride.
Tourists continue to pour into Inwa.