Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 22:46
Tourists coming back from Mingun seen at Mayanchan Jetty. (Photo-Le Le Aung/EMG)
Mandalay’s Mayanchan Jetty faces a shortage of tourist ferries operating the Mandalay-Mingun route due to an influx of tourists in Mandalay.
According to Foreign Tourist Transportation Service, special ferries are running two or three times a day to meet the
demand of tourists, the number of which has doubled during this peak season, and over 100 tourists are transported
from Mayanchan Jetty to Mingun every day.
The transportation service has to rent local ferries when there are not enough ferries for the tourists. It has 20 vehicles currently running the Mandalay-Mingun route and more vehicles will be in service after passing the safety tests, according to the transportation service.
Mingun is located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, about 11 km north of Mandalay. It is famous for the ruined Mingun Temple and Mingun Bell, the third largest bell in the world.
Most tourists prefer to take the ferries to Mingun to enjoy the sceneries along the river although it can also be accessed by road. They are charged 5,000 kyats (US$5.88) for a round trip from Mandalay to Bagan.
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