Bagan tourism reaches record low in September

Ko Naw (bagan)
Visitors in Bagan. (Photo-EMG)

The number of foreign tourists who visited Bagan in September reached a record low compared to previous years, according to local tour operators.

“Currently, there are only a few foreign visitors. September is usually a month when few visitors come. But this year, it’s a record low compared with previous years. But it’s a relief that many local tourists still came,” said Zaw Win Cho, a veteran tour guide in Bagan.

Another businessman who runs a car rental company in Bagan also said the number of visitors to Bagan this year has declined.

Official figures say that more than 80,000 local and foreign tourists used Bagan’s Nyaung U Airport up to August this year.

Zaw Win Cho also said the number of visitors to Bagan will become to normal in October, adding that the number may not rise.

The months when most foreign tourists visit Bagan are usually November, December, January and February. Bagan usually receives more than 500,000 local and foreign tourists a year, and the number of hotels there is already increasing, sources say.