Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Mt. Victoria, Indawgyi region to be nominated as UNESCO Heritage Sites

YANGON—The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will soon nominate two far-flung areas in Myanmar as World Heritage Sites: Mt. Victoria, also known as Natma Taung National Park, and Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary Park.
If UNESCO chooses the two areas as heritage sites, they will be first ever chosen for tourist destinations in Myanmar, according to tour guides.

Natma Taung National Park is located in Southern Chin State and Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Park in the central part of Kachin State. Although transportation access is very uncomfortable, travelers continue to flock to the two far-flung regions.

“The trip may take about eight hours starting from Gantgaw Township in Chin State. But the visitors are comfortable for about four hours of driving. The road in Kanpalet Township is very bad. We stayed at the hotel in Kanpalet Township. In the early morning, we went to climb Natma Taung. It took about five hours, but the scenery was very beautiful. We saw other tourist groups,” said Tin Nwe Aye, who led Japanese visitors as a tourist guide.

Local visitors are also interested in making the trip.

“Those who enjoy adventure trips, and professional photographers, are demanding to go to Natma Taung. But we are now rethinking that, because the trip is very difficult and visitors can get tired. But if accommodation on the mountain is available for visitors, then it can be a suitable trip for them,” said one organizer planning to visit Natma Taung.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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