Myanmar opens restricted sites for tourists

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mrauk-ooMyanmar now allows tourists to visit formerly restricted sites such as Mogok city in Mandalay Region and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine State, although special permits are still necessary

The locations were once barred for all foreigners due to some secretive operations going on there or because of security concerns.

Mogok is a mining area and home to high-quality gemstones, especially rubies and sapphires. Foreigners were banned to visit the place until March 2013 when the Myanmar government reviewed the restricted sites for foreign visitors. The place can now be visited provided the tourist has obtained the required special permit from the authorities.

Mrauk Oo is famous for having a collection of several ancient pagodas. Visits to Mrauk Oo were banned when a communal violence broke out in Rakhine State in 2012. Permission is now required before arrival to visit the place.

Permits can be obtained through local tourism agencies that get the paperwork done with the tourism ministry and also organise travel to the locations. Visitors should, however, be aware that there is still volatile security especially in Rakhine state.

 

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Myanmar now allows tourists to visit formerly restricted sites such as Mogok city in Mandalay Region and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine State, although special permits are still necessary

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mrauk-ooMyanmar now allows tourists to visit formerly restricted sites such as Mogok city in Mandalay Region and Mrauk Oo in Rakhine State, although special permits are still necessary

The locations were once barred for all foreigners due to some secretive operations going on there or because of security concerns.

Mogok is a mining area and home to high-quality gemstones, especially rubies and sapphires. Foreigners were banned to visit the place until March 2013 when the Myanmar government reviewed the restricted sites for foreign visitors. The place can now be visited provided the tourist has obtained the required special permit from the authorities.

Mrauk Oo is famous for having a collection of several ancient pagodas. Visits to Mrauk Oo were banned when a communal violence broke out in Rakhine State in 2012. Permission is now required before arrival to visit the place.

Permits can be obtained through local tourism agencies that get the paperwork done with the tourism ministry and also organise travel to the locations. Visitors should, however, be aware that there is still volatile security especially in Rakhine state.

 

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