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Golf on a tropical island paradise surrounded by scenic beauty and abundant marine life – that’s the package being offered by a Myanmar tour company.

Starting this month, Tourism Myanmar Cooperative (TMC) is promotion a tour package for golfers on two courses, said U Aye Min Oo, the company’s managing director.

“This is a unique package to promote golfing in Myanmar, as well as to promote the Myeik Archieplago, as there are two golf courses there – Kawthaung golf course and Thahtay Island (Andaman Club Hotel) course,” he said.

The Kawthaung course, 7 miles from the town, charges non-members K5000 for the 18-hole round, and rents equipment and carts.

“The second golf course is unique in Myanmar. It was built on an island near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Its second nine holes were opened on December 15 last year. Now golfers can enjoy an 18-hole course at the Myanmar Andaman Resort Club on Thahtay Island,” said U Aye Min Oo.

The package will cost nearly K150,000 for Myanmar citizens, including hotel accommodation, transportation to the course from Kawthaung and course entry fees, but not airfares.

The company is planning to operate a four-day/three night trip from Kawthaung to Myeik starting from January 25 to the end of April for local and international visitors. Also included are visits to Red Monkey Island, Crescent Bay, Nyaung Wee Salone village and Magyone Galet on Bo Cho Island, where the Salone festival was held in 2004.

Visitors can also see villages built on stilts on the shore of Domel Island and observe their lifestyle before proceeding to Myeiki town.

The package will cost US$500 per person fro foreigners and K500,000 for locals, including meals and accommodation onboard the boat.

“We have cabins with bunks for five people. More people can join, but will have to sleep on deck – sleeping bags or tents wil be provided,” he said.

The package for those willing to sleep on deck will cost foreigners $350 each, and locals K350,000.

“This is a very special rate for locals and for foreigners who live and work in Myanmar. We can also arrange a group package,” he said.