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Growing perils of Myanmar's tourism industry

Authorities, non-profit groups in race to protect country against environmental damage, child exploitation

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Inle Lake is a wildlife sanctuary that attracts 300,000 visitors a year. It is also home to floating tomato farms. Villagers have been farming there for generations, but the rising use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides is polluting the water.
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Winter is a busy season at Myanmar's second-largest lake.

Thousands of migratory birds swoop in at Inle Lake just as tourists flock to the wildlife sanctuary for boat and hot-air balloon tours on crisp mornings. But if it were up to wildlife officials, the balloon tours would be scrapped.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline Growing perils of Myanmar's tourism industry. Subscribe