MANDALAY – Bookings for cruise programs and hotels are set open on the Ayeyawaddy River if a pending application for mobile floating hotels gets the green light.
To cater to local and international visitors, the GC Myanmar Company began building a mobile floating hotel beside the embankment of the Ayeyawady River near Ahrlaung village in Sagaing Region last March. Construction has since been completed.
A hall and restaurant run by Karaweik Mobile Hotel will be launched on December 19. However, vessels cannot yet disembark because no plying licences have been granted.
“When we get our plying licence, we will accept the bookings for accommodations because we want to provide hotel services to the visitors who will stay on our floating hotel and enjoy the scenery along the Ayeyawaddy River. At present, we are pre-opening the hall and restaurant for ceremonies,” said Mandalay Karaweik Mobile Hotel director Kyaw Myo Tun.
The vessel will ply along the Mandalay-Minkun-Shwekyatyet jetty between 4pm and 6pm. Visitors will be able to see the natural scenery of the Ayeyawady River and the Minwun Mountain Range.
Foreign visitors must pay US$20 for a 2-hour tour program, whereas locals must pay Ks15000. Accommodation fees for locals will also be reduced by 25 per cent.
The Karaweik Mobile Hotel is 250-ft long and 700-ft wide. It is four stories tall and has 39 bedrooms.
Source: ELEVEN MYANMAR