02 Jan 2021 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar - Community-based tourism (CBT) will be open in the second week of January with local tourists in Done Nyaung Hmine village on Done island in Myeik District, Taninthayi Region, according to some tour operators.A community-based tourism project was planned to open in Nyaung Hmaing village in December but was postponed to the second week of January for various reasons.
"Since this is the COVID-19 period, we will start with local tourists. It was previously scheduled to open in December but has not yet been completed and is scheduled to open in the second week of January 2021," said Dr Thein Swe Myint, chairman of the Myeik District Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
As the Myeik Archipelago is island-based tourism industry, tourists are not allowed to stay overnight on the island. After the opening of the first CBT in January, both local and foreign tourists will be able to spend the night on the island, according to the Regional Hotel and Tourism Department.
As the Done Nyaung Hmine village is the first CBT on the island, it is planning to create jobs for local people, said U Pho Zaw, a member of the Community-Based Tourism Committee.
During the CBT tour to Done Nyaung Hmine village on Done island, tourists can find the culture, traditions and ways of life of Salone, Kayin and Myanmar people and there will also be programmes to explore the natural wetlands and fishing activities accompanied by traditional fishing boats.
The islands in the Myeik Archipelago have beautiful beaches and natural forests. Due to the beauty of the floating and underwater resources, infrastructure has been built on the popular islands among local and foreigners.—Myint Oo (Myeik) (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)