Mon chief vows Setse upgrades

Maung Maung Shwe Myaing
Tourists at Setse Beach during Thingyan. (Photo - Maung Maung Shwe Myaing)

According to Mon State Chief Minister Dr Aye Zan, the government will be improving Setse Beach to cater for more tourists.


He told the media on April 19 that the beach that saw thousands of visitors per year was under the control of local administrators rather than being directly regulated by the state government.


“In the coming days, there are plans to improve the beach to better accommodate visitors. We will be making sure the beach will be better regulated under direct control of the government,” said Aye Zan.


The 2-mile beach 10 miles from Thanbyuzayat Township is popular with tourists visiting the Danathaharya military graveyard, Death Railway Museum, Japanese-era hot springs and other sights. 


“Setse village spans around 3 miles with over 5,000 people. If the beach can be improved then more hotels and motels may be interested. It will create competition and be able to serve visitors better. The cleanliness must be better controlled like using motor vehicles on the beach. Villagers that are making a living selling things on the beach must also be registered and controlled. And if the Kyikekhame-Setse road paved five years ago can be improved, more tourists will come for the beautiful scenery,” said a Setse administrator.