Tourist arrivals have increased in Mandalay due partly to the addition of more Mandalay-Bangkok-Yangon flights and more direct flights between Mandalay and Hong Kong in December, state media reported on 15 December.
Adding to the increased popularity of central Myanmar is the allowance, since September, for foreign tourists to enter Myanmar through border entrances with an Evisa, available online.
Tourists from 40 countries, including ASEAN countries, have been allowed to enter the country using the online visa system since 8 November, 2015. By ground transport, tourists can enter Mandalay by car, motorbike and bicycle via border entrances.
Tourist arrivals from January 2015 to November reached 164,520, and from January to November the number rose to 263,145.