Boost foreseen in MDY tourist boats
EXPECTING a continued influx of tourists, the Foreigners River Transport Association will increase the number of vessels licensed to carry foreign visitors for the coming “high season”, the association’s chairperson U Thet Tun has told The Myanmar Times.
“Last year, our transportation service for foreign tourists was made up of 25 vessels. For the coming tourist season there will be 42 vessels,” he said.
“Only vessels which adhere to our regulations will be able to conduct the transportation service – there must be life jackets and life rings aboard, and captains must follow the law including limits on the number of passengers,” he added.
Valid business and vessel licenses along with evidence of skilled workers are required in order for an operator to become a member of the Foreigners River Transport Association.
According to U Thet Tun, the main route that the association will run will be between Mandalay and the nearby Mingun temples. Other destinations include Monywa, Bagan, Pyay, Bamaw and Kyauk Myaung.
For the 11-kilometre (6.8-mile) Mandalay-Mingun route, the price of transportation will vary between K38,000 and K80,000.
“The cost will depend on the size of the vessel and the number of people in the tourist group. All fares must be paid in Myanmar Kyat,” said U Thet Tun.
According to the records of the Foreigners River Transport Association, across the past year visitors from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Thailand and many other countries had visited Mandalay.
U Thet Tun said that he expects the number of foreign tourists visiting the region to increase in the future.
“Now, between 600 and 700 tourists visit each day. Soon it will be more than 1000,” he said.
– Translation by San Layy
Foreign tourists dock at Mandalay’s Mayanchan jetty upon return from Mingun on October 31.