In 2014, the number of tourists that visited the Greater Mekong Subregion(GMS) is estimated to have reached 54 million, which is about 20.5% of the total number of tourists that visited the Asia-pacific region that year. In the next five years, the GMS has a target of luring over 70 million tourists to the area that will generate an approximate of 90 billion US dollars. This is very realizable given the fact that the region boasts of natural resources that are fantastic. The region has rich culture, friendly residents, heritage sites as well as beautiful sceneries. The member countries of GMS, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Yunnan province of Chinese are, in fact, united in making this dream a reality.
If you are a visitor to the region and are spoilt for choice on what to do first when you visit the region, here is a guide to navigate you through.
There are many places that you can visit while in Bangkok. You can start with the 45 meters reclining Buddha that is worldwide famous, Wat Po. It is said to be the oldest as well as the largest wat in Bangkok dating to as early as the 16thcentury. It also houses the largest number of Buddha images as well. Additionally, Wat po is said to accommodate traditional Thai medicine and is also a center for Thai massage. Then there is the grand palace that has bewildering throne halls. The papaya river is another destination you would not want to miss out on. Take a speed boat and marvel at the beautiful river scenery, including floating kitchens and mobile shops. Finish off with the royal barge museum.
There is the Yangon River where you could take a rickshaw. Then there is the chaukhtatky pagoda, a huge reclining Buddha. You can even visit the royal floating barge on the royal lake for a photo op. Then there is the Shwedagon pagoda that is bell shaped and rises up to 100 meters above its hill top surroundings. Marvel at its courtyards, bells, the temples and the Buddha images as well.
Bagan is the Asia’s largest archaeological site with over 2000 temples and pagodas that vary in sizes and that are in various states of repair and that spread across the plain. You can also visit the lacquer ware home industry with temples dating to as early as 1059.
This is said to be the best preserved traditional city in the whole of Southeast Asia. It has a tranquil and charm brought about by the spectacular natural sceneries as well as cultural sights that make it one of the most remarkable places to visit while in greater Mekong subregion. You can then hike the phousi mount and enjoy exploring the sacred gilded stupa and the spectacular sunset view, the city and the Mekong River as well.
Apart from the beautiful sceneries and the marvelous culture and rich history of the greater Mekong subregion, there are various amazing accommodation types available for visitors to the region. a