Yangon river cruise services, one of the privatised sectors in Myanmar, has been booming as local businesspeople make more investments in Myanmar’s tourist sector.
The number of tourists enjoying the sightseeing tour on the river flowing past the former capital is on the rise, state-run media reported.
The river cruise service allows visitors to celebrate birthday party and other special celebrations on luxury boats.
A sightseeing cruise tour is priced at about $5 for locals and $20 for foreign tourists. Price may vary depending on the types of cruises.
Myanmar Port Authority recently started upgrading the Wadan jetty where private-owned cruises are allowed to dock.
There are six cruises offering sightseeing tours along Yangon river. Cruise services are expected to be operated along Ayeyarwady river also.
The number of tourist arrival is expected to rise this year as many foreign visitors are expected to visit Myanmar to attend ASEAN-related summits to be hosted by Myanmar during its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014.
Last year, Myanmar attracted over 2 million tourists, of whom 1.14 million entered through border gates and 885,476 through airports.
Myanmar targets 3 million tourist arrivals in 2014.