Tourism in Karen and Mon hit hard by renewed conflict

Tourism operators have warned that the renewed conflict in Karen and Mon states will scare off tourists who want to visit the region via the Myawaddy border checkpoint. Since the Burmese government opened up Karen and Mon states for tourism in 2010, several attractions such as Kyeikhtiyo, the Death Railway, Balu Island, the world’s largest reclining Buddha statue and colonial architecture have proved popular among tourists.