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Two villages in Kayah State removed from list of prohibited areas for foreign travellers

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Two areas in Kayah State were removed from the prohibited list for foreign travellers and the travellers are now allowed to visit there without permission according to the statement recently released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

 In addition to, Pan Pet and Taneelale villages which are established as community based tourism areas, the towns of Bawlakhe, Hpasaung, and Mese on the trading route between Myanmar and Thailand are now open for travelers to visit, said the statement.

“It was previously necessary to get permission through a written application, which means it was not convenient for an application submitted in a tight time-frame.

That’s why all departments concerned discussed and decided to do this,” said U Lin Zaw Htut, assistant director of Kayah State Hotels and Tourism Department.

In the CBT site of Pan Pet Village, opportunities to study Padaung ethnic people, their culture, lifestyle, and traditional weaving ways,  foods and music and dance are available for the interests of local and foreign travllers. Via the village, travellers are able to go to Seven Stages Lake, Htipwint Lake, Ngwe Taung Dam and Demoso Market.

A Kayah documentary, “To Be Discovered: Kayah State, Myanmar”, won the 2017 Diamond Award of Golden City Gate Awards at ITB in Germany. Kayah State received over 30,000 local travellers in 2017.

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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."


  1. Aung Thein Naing2018-01-29 02:35:11

    good sence

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