Ngapali: From Fishing village to Fruitful Community
|Ngapali, quiet white sand beach|
Ngapali, a quiet three-kilometer white sand beach situated on the west coast of Myanmar, has been isolated due to tourism boycott directed at the military government. As the country embraces democracy, the once isolated paradise is flourishing. Hotels, owned by larger corporations or influential business leaders, are creating jobs while locally-owned restaurants and shops are creating entrepreneurs for families. But tourism can also have negative impacts such as beach erosion due to hotels using sand for foundation work. There is also the possibility that petty crime will increase such as occurred in Bagan.
|Maung Shwe Lay, remote typical fishing village|
|Library by Exo Foundation, Maung Shwe Lay|
|Hundred of Knowledges|
|Clinic at Sandoway Resort|
Providing basic needs has allowed people to find better paying jobs which often mean more money returning to the community. This snow-ball effect will continue as long as people and organizations adhere to responsible practices in tourism.
Naing Ayar @ Ayar
Product Assistant, Exotissimo Travel Myanmar
11. August. 2014