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Meinma Hla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary: ASEAN Heritage


Travelling to Meinma Hla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary is a very beautiful and exciting, adventurous trip for foreign visitors. Meinma Hla Kyun is situated in Bogalay Township, Ayeyarwaddy Division, with an area of 33, - 16 miles long from north to south and 6 miles wide from east to west.  It is 80 miles from Yangon to Bogalay if road transportation is used and 12 miles if water transportation is used.  A unique eco system with mangroves preservation can be observed there as well as birds including migratory birds and inland birds which live around water. The natural habitat of reptiles including crocodiles and other mammals and amphibians can also be observed.

If you go in November, December or January, you can go to Kadonlay turtle nesting beach and observe sea turtles laying eggs. Meinma Hla Kyun was made a forest for wood in 1895, and then became a wildlife sanctuary on 1994. It became an ASEAN Heritage site in 2003 and became one of the world’s RAMSAR sites in February 2017.

        According to Fauna and Flora International (FFI) Meinma Hla Kyun hosts almost 20 critically endangered species of fauna including endangered mangrove terrapins, turtles which live in mangroves such as saltwater turtle, endangered wild dogs, Ayeyarwaddy dolphins and the rare ‘adjutant’ stork. Meinma Hla Kyun, one of Myanmar’s beautiful landscapes and heritage, is an upcoming destination for nature-based tourism.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive.


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