Neon Glare Village in Myanmar

nyong shweOn a wet night delegates of civil society organizations in South Asia celebrate the end of a conference in a luxury hotel in Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake. The lively party lasted well after 22:00. The lights on the roof of the hotel lit the small town.

Each country has its own tourism industry, an important source of income for many in some countries. Myanmar top tourist draws – ancient pagodas and temples, ethnic culture and natural wonders – caused a massive influx of foreign tourists. Inle Lake is a must on anyone’s itinerary.
Located in southern Shan State in the District of Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe is a popular mountain resort at an altitude of 2,950 feet in Inle Lake. With an average rainfall of 37 feet and temperatures between 46 ° F (7.7 ° C) and 91 ° F (32.7 ° C), it is a favorite holiday destination. According to historical records, the city was founded in 1359 AD and ruled by powerful Shan (caciques). Sao Shwe Nyaung Shwe saopha Thaike became the first president of Myanmar.

Tourists flock to watch the Inle Lake local ethnic traditions, enjoy your time and enjoy Shan, Danu, Taungyo, DTP and Intha villages. Nyaung Shwe is a destination evergreen like most tourists tend to make a stopover in the city on their way to destinations in the Lake Inle. Local residents believe that the city could be a victim of its own success.

Despite the rich cultural heritage of the city, fewer sellers are in traditional dress Mingalar market, the main market of Nyaung Shwe. Many signs of the tourism industry-related road emerged across town. As Bagan, tourists roam the city throughout the year [except for the rainy season] or on their bikes or cars.

Major hotels, pensions, travel agencies, car and bike rental, gift shops, boutiques and restaurants of traditional crafts are everywhere, even in small alleys. The ethnic people can be seen around the lake where the boat rental services are performed. From there, the Shan mountains are visible on the horizon in the middle cloud banks.

One hotel owner told me that Inle Lake has about 70 hotels and motels over Nyaung Shwe over 40 hotels and motels. Construction of new hotels is banned in Nyaung Shwe and Inle for hotel operators have set their sights on building hotels in Maing Thauk.

june15-nyaungshwe2“There are ethnic landowners in Nyaung Shwe original more. They sold their land and buy land in rural areas and the outskirts of the city. Land prices are high in the city. Every place has been turned into a hotel “A man of ethnic Shan groaned wearily.

However, the city continues to attract investors and migrant workers, becoming a melting pot of cultures.

“It ‘crowded with foreign tourists during Thadingyut and Tazaungdaing. Many local visitors come here in April. I moved here from Yangon two years ago, after my father was transferred to the city. I am unemployed, so I started to work in a hotel. I Ks 70 000 (US $ 63) when there are fewer passengers and more advice when there are many guests. Since the rates are high, only a few local visitors can stay at the hotel, “said a receptionist at a hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

With the absence of the main tourist attractions, Nyaung Shwe is a bit ‘more than a temporary stop. The truth is that there is not much in terms of culture to take Shwe Yan Pyay also Pagoda (famous for its murals and bell) and the former palace of San Shwe Thaike, now a museum. Maing Thauk Indein and worth a visit, as well as shops selling broker tomatoes famous Lake.

While some skilled and qualified people Ethnic have the opportunity to work in hotels, others are ignorant cheap labor on construction of hotels and retire to the country when unemployed.

Most of craft products such as hand-woven fabrics sold in Nyaung Shwe Inle Lake are from. Given its current circumstances, it is possible to conclude that tourism Nyaung Shwe rarely contributed to the welfare of local people. Worse, it threatens their culture.

Members of the tourism sector of the city are working with the Ministry of Forestry to build hotel near Inle Lake and the hills Maing Thauk. Although aware of the impact of real estate development projects for the environment, managers of hotels in Inle Lake Nyaung Shwe and came together to preserve the natural landscape around Inle, but to no avail due to lack of funds and technical know-how .

The natural beauty of Inle pushes tourism, and not the other.

“The waste is discharged into the lake due to the high cost of wastewater treatment. Hotels can not. Some hotels are, but the rest of the hotels do not want to follow. Secular trees were cut to make way for new hotels. Much of the the region has been deforested. Many luxury hotels have sprung up, resulting in more use undergroundwater. Who would want to visit Inle Lake, it is more beautiful? How in the field of hospitality survive now? “said Sai Sai Ngin negotiator Phyu Yaung A program Saydanar Environmental Group and Social Pioneer.

Reflecting on the voices and images of Nyaung Shwe, I could see that the city was still living under fire flashy lights of the high-rise hotel. Traditional Asean night finally ended after 23 hours. Delegates returned to their hotel, without the need for a shuttle service. Judging by the number of restaurants are still full of tourists, even at midnight, Nyaung Shwe is a very white city. It ‘was another day in paradise for some people to Nyaung Shwe. But if tourism is to the detriment of the local culture, it is likely that the city will probably be forgotten someday.

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