Le Le Aung
MANDALAY- Even though foreign tourists are allowed to visit Mogok Township, Mandalay Region, officially, they can only visit with vehicles on the roads assigned by the authorities, according to the sources.
Government officially allowed foreign tourists to visit “Ruby Land” Mogok Township since the beginning of August.
In the past, foreign tourists were allowed to travel to Mogok Township only with the permission of Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence.
Government eased its restriction on foreigners’ visit to Mogok Township and as for foreign tourists, they were only allowed to visit only downtown Mogok Township.
The Directorate of Hotels and Tourism issued the orders about the assigned disciplines to the licensed tour companies on September 10th.
“In the past, Mogok Township was the restricted area. Now, foreigners can visit Mogok Township under the permission of the Mandalay Region Government Committee. There is no need to get the permission of Ministry of Home Affairs. The tour company must apply to the Mandalay Region Government Committee through Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. We will be allowing the tour permit urgently. However, the foreign tourists must be used only vehicles. If they will visit in Mogok, they must be used only Mandalay-Madara-Mogok road. And then, they will be allowed visiting in only Mogok downtown,” said Myo Thit, Minister of Mandalay Region Resources and Environmental Conservation.
Under the supervision of the Tour Company, foreign tourists will be allowed to visit Mogok’s downtown when accompanied by only local tour guide.
In Myanmar, the restricted areas include: Naungmoon, Kawnglanghpu, Sumprabum, Tanai, Hpakant, Injangyang, Hsawlaw and Chibwe Townships in Kachin State, Hpasawng, Shadaw, Bawlakha and Maisal Townships in Kayah State, Phapun and Kyainseikkyi Townships in Kayin State, Nanywan Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Region, Kyaikmaraw and Thanbyuzayat Townships in Mon State and far-flung townships of the Shan State.