travellers will likely be granted permission back to visit the world famous
town of Mogok, also known as Ruby Land, in Mandalay Region as the authorities
concerned are thoroughly working on granting permission to foreign travellers
to visit the destination where has been restricted for foreign travellers for
about two years.
suggestions on granting foreign travellers permit to visit the place were
raised soon after the 800th anniversary festival of establishing Mogok,
the Mandalay Region Government submitted a report on the suggestions to the
to an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the Union Government
sent a letter to the ministry giving a directive saying that applications for travel
schedule to the town submitted to the ministry would be handled one by one to
grant a permit.
“Regarding the travel schedule to the town, we
recently sent a memo to Mandalay Region Government with a suggestion to
coordinate on the security related matters and asked for their reply. According
to the paper work practice, it might take two or three weeks to receive the
reply. We all are working on this matter systematically and thoroughly. The relevant
regional government is to make a procedure for such travel route inclusive of
security practice. The main thing all are coordinating is to have a suitable,
smooth travel schedule for travelers/travel agencies.
When coordination done
for a decision, we will send a relevant message to travel companies to control
this travel systematically,” said U Khin Maung Soe, director of internal and
external relations division of Department of Hotels and Tourism.
is also learnt that any message about this travel had not been sent yet to
is well known as a place for world’s best ruby producing business as well as
Mogok Vipassana meditation method, and these things are much attractive to the
travellers. Besides, there are many curves and steep slopes on the route to the
town and that will also be interesting for some who love adventurous travel.
Being in a
response to the possible procedure to grant foreigners permission to visit
Mogok, a local resident of the town said,” The local travellers to our town are
in a very small amount. The foreigne travellers are hardly seen here because of
the restriction. We just saw some diplomatic staff coming here. Travel-related
busness is not working here as expected and people rely on the gems business.
But currently, the gems businesses are not going quite well here in the area.
Therefore, if we have local and foreign travellers, I believe that restaurants,
gem market and etc will be back to regular business.”
Daw Khin Ohn
Myint who is also a Mogok resident said she was of the opinion that Mogok also had a gems market (called
Htapwe in the local dialect) which may be of interest to foreign travellers on
business and leisure trips.
According to some locals in Mogok, if the permission is granted to
foreign travellers back, there might be a need to have adequate number of
hotel/motel rooms in Mogok as the town has now such a small number of quality
hotels because of a lack of demand.