Myanmar and Thailand signed a collaboration agreement to boost tourism routes connecting ancient cities of the two nations, reported the Bangkok Post. Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand's Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) earlier this month to encourage sustainable and cultural travel routes connecting old cities in the two nations. Under the MoU, Dasta and authorities of Myeik in Myanmar will together develop and promote tourism plans by linking historical sites from the ancient Dvaravati period, a powerful kingdom that flourished from the 6th to the 11th centuries. The first phase of the tourism project will include five routes from Thailand's U Thong ancient city through western Thailand to Myanmar’s Tanintharyi, an ancient city. The name of the five routes are U Thong-Suphan Buri, U Thong-Kanchanaburi, U Thong-Nakhon Pathom, U Thong-Prachuap Khiri Khan and U Thong-Myeik, according to the Bangkok Post. The routes will be managed under the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's criteria to sustain natural and cultural resources.