Cross-bor­der rally aims to raise travel aware­ness

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Myat Moe Aung

A SIX-DAY car rally aimed at pro­mot­ing Myan­mar as a tourism des­ti­na­tion would cross the bor­der into neigh­bour­ing Thai­land to pro­mote cross-bor­der travel among peo­ple who own cars in the coun­try.

This is the first time it will cross the bor­der since it was held six years ago, or­gan­is­ers said.

The Myan­mar Her­itage Trail Tourism Cross-Bor­der Rally: Myan­marThai­land will be held from June 18 to 23 un­der the aus­pices of Myan­mar Tourism Mar­ket­ing and the Tourism Author­ity of Thai­land.

Twenty-three cars and 76 peo­ple will join the rally on its first leg from Yan­gon to Dawei in Tanintharyi Re­gion. From Dawei the group will pro­ceed to the Thai bor­der and visit cul­tural her­itage and other fa­mous sites in Kan­chanaburi and Suphan­buri in Thai­land.

Af­ter the sor­tie in Thai­land, the group will head back to the Thai bor­der town of Mae Sot. From there, they will re­turn to Yan­gon via the Myawady-Hpa-an route.

“This rally will ben­e­fit both Thai­land and Myan­mar. The Thai em­bassy will also sup­port it for the 70th an­niver­sary of Thai-Myan­mar diplo­matic re­la­tions,” Daw May Myat Mon Win, chair­per­son of MTM told a news brief­ing.

The pur­pose of rally is to pro­mote Myan­mar tourism and make it known to peo­ple how easy it is to come to the coun­try via Thai­land.

U Phyo Wai Yarzar, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Di­ethelm Travel Myan­mar, said the rally will en­cour­age peo­ple in Myan­mar to travel cross-bor­der with their cars.

“Peo­ple in Myan­mar can visit Thai­land by driv­ing their cars. We want every­one to know that,” U Phyo Wai Yarzar, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Di­ethelm Travel Myan­mar, said.

Par­tic­i­pants in the rally are en­cour­age to bring their own cars. The cost to join is US$680 (K927,146) per per­son with car, $780 per per­son with­out car, $1500 for two peo­ple, and $2200 for three peo­ple.

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