Myanmar has more to offer than temples and pagodas, explained Dr Aung Myat Kyaw, an advisor from Myanmar’s tourism marketing organisation, on Wednesday at ITB Berlin. “Just seven or eight years again, you could really only visit central Myanmar, now many more remote places are also accessible,” ensured Aung Myat Kyaw. He pointed out that a series of festivals take place in Myanmar every year where one can experience the variety of cultures from the total of 135 different ethnic groups found in the Southeast Asian country. Their active tourism, experiential tourism, and rural tourism offerings have also been expanded – even in new target areas such as the northern Shan State, Mon State, Kayah State, and Chin State.
Ms Su Su Tin, who also advises for Myanmar Tourism Marketing, especially recommended visiting the country in the low season as well. In the period between May and September, the so-called green season, many tourist offerings are 30 to 40 per cent less expensive than in high season – and the country is also less dusty during this time. “The green season is the best time to take photos in Myanmar,” explained Su Su Tin. “During this time, the hotels are not full, and there are no lines anywhere,” said Su Su Tin. Visitors do not really need to be afraid of rain during this time, either. “It mostly rains only in the early morning and in the evening,” she said reassuringly.
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