Mongla to be reopened for tourists from Thailand
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 27, 2012 11:37 PM Last Post By: rivaltribal
Mar 22, 2012 4:50 AM
Mongla to be reopened for tourists from ThailandSHAN article
Tourists coming from Thailand will soon be able to travel to Mongla on the Sino-Burmese border through the Maesai-Tachilek checkpoint, according to sources close to the Mongla leadership.
Mongla is roughly 240 km from Maesai. Tourism to Mongla, also known as Burma’s Las Vegas, was closed following tensions generated by Naypyitaw’s demand that all ceasefire groups become Burma Army-run Border Guard Forces (BGFs) in 2009.
The group signed a new ceasefire agreement on 7 September, after Naypyitaw guaranteed that the matter would not be pursued further.
The Thai tourist industry had expected that the city would be reopened for tourism, after the signing, but the issue came to a standstill after the Burmese side demanded that tourists must use Burmese vehicles to travel inside Burma.
“The stalemate was broken at the meeting between Sai Leun, leader of Mongla, and President Thein Sein in Kengtung on 10 April,” confided a source.
Burmese authorities, after a 6-month deadlock, had decided to scrap the condition. “Its new condition is that tourists coming either from Thailand or China must spend a night in Kengtung (160 km from Maesai and 80 km from China’s Daluo),” he said.
Another source added reopening of Mongla is expected in April, when Burmese authorities have appointed immigration officials to the Daluo-Mongla border checkpoint.
Mongla’s sources of revenue include casinos, mining, agricultural investments from China and tourism. Traffic is also expected to increase as the city is on the Asian highway network, connecting China’s Kunming and Jinghong with Burma’s Kengtung and Thailand’s Chiangrai.
Mar 22, 2012 5:06 AM
Mar 22, 2012 10:06 PM
2Mongla’s sources of revenue include casinos, mining, agricultural investments from China and tourism.
Ha, ha, ha!
Mar 26, 2012 12:20 AM
3Laos & Myanmar have just agreed to go ahead with construction of a new bridge across the Mekong near Xieng Kok, Laos and when completed may open up a new short route to Jinghong from Northern Thailand via Tachilek, Kengtung & Mongla. Then we just need to get the route open for independent travel without guides and proper public transport.
Mar 26, 2012 2:26 AM
Mar 27, 2012 5:29 PM
Mar 27, 2012 10:20 PM
6I posted a corrected reply yesterday but apparently it got lost somehow and is now missing. I agree the new route is longer and I apologize for the mistake. The new route would go from Tachilek to the new bridge at Xieng Kok, Laos and go thru Muang Sing and Luang Namtha to Boten for a crossing into China and then on to Jinghong. Sorry.
Mar 27, 2012 11:37 PM
7Ahha...still seems much the same as going thru Huay Xai to LNT to Boten...???
anyway...here's hoping for the future...
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