Between April and December 2017, Kayin State received more foreign tourists than in the same period of the previous year, according to the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management.
The 2017 figure records over 350,000 foreign visitors, compared to some 150,000 the year before, said Win Kyaw Kyaw, deputy director at the department in Hpa-an.
“Kayin State had welcomed more than 600,000 domestic visitors in the fiscal year 2017-18,” he added.
Most of the visitors were from France. Germans and Chinese were also among the holidaymakers, according to the department.
The state’s virgin forests, waterfalls, caves and ancient pagodas are signature attractions.
Tour guide Thaik Oo said: “Most French love to observe the culture of Karen people and the state’s natural landscape.”
The Kyaukkalat pagoda, a stupa-topped pinnacle; Mount Zwekabin and Saddan Cave are famous among tourists. Hpa-an hosts 11 hotels and seven guest houses and Myawady has six hotels. Some tour guides have suggested the need for more hotels due to increasing visitors.
Translated by Nay Thiha