By Aye Nyein Win and Su Phyo Win
Myanmar, November 29, 2015
Compared with other destinations in Myanmar such as Bagan and Inle Lake, the islands in the Andaman Sea off the southern tip of the country are still underdeveloped, with just a handful of hotels and resorts.
“There are so many beautiful places in this archipelago, but not many resorts or facilities yet to attract tourism,” said U Aung Chain, project director and general manager of Myeik Public Corporation.
The entire area had just five hotels and motels with a total of 196 rooms by the end of 2014, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
This may soon change. For the past two years, U Aung Chain’s company has been trying to secure Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) permission to develop two islands – Saw Mon Hla and Kun Thee, which means “betel nut”.
The company plans to invest K4.3 billion (US$3.3 million) in Saw Mon Hla island and K4.6 billion in Kun Thee island, he said.
“For Saw Mon Hla island we completed the first stage of applying for MIC permission on September 14, and hope to receive a permit within three months.”
Development will begin as soon as the permit comes through, and the project, which will initially include a number of bungalows and offer swimming and diving facilities to tourists, should take around three years to complete, he said.
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