2-Day Ayeyarwaddy Natural Heritage Adventure

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Private boat trip in the Ayeyarwady river
  • Explore the small village not known to tourists
  • A short fishing trip to observe the lifestyle of fishermen and the traditional fishing method
  • A good chance to see Ayeyarwady Dolphins
  • Unique experience of interaction with the locals
  • Community based tour supporting the development of the village

tour details

Sail along the Ayeyarwaddy River and have a memorable trip in Myanmar. With the gold-tipped pagodas of the Mingun Hills to the west and the majestic Shan Plateau to the east, this is a trip for those that want to experience first-hand unspoilt Myanmar and to be briefly part of a village culture that has changed little in 100 years – a land of ox carts and wooden ploughs, of simple village life built around fishing, farming and the monastery. It is also a trip for those who wish to experience the thrill of observing the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, watch river life, and enjoy the beauty of seeing hundreds of winter migrating ducks and other wonderful birds.

In the morning around 07:00 hours, board a private boat at Malikha jetty (Gawwin Jetty) in Mandalay. The tour starts from sailing out of the jetty towards Mingun. The legendary Mingun Bell (which weighs around 90 tons) is one of the largest ringing bells in the world. The bell was destined for King Bodawpaya's Pahtodawgyi brick pagoda which would have been the highest in the world if the project had not been halted because of the King's deep superstitions. Back on board around 09:30 hours. Continue to Hsithe which needs an approximately 7 hours boat ride, and have lunch on board. On the way to Hsithe, enjoy the breath-taking views of local life and nature by the river. Late afternoon, you will arrive at Hsithe. Welcome by villagers at the 'Visitor Centre' for an opportunity to observe and buy local crafts. Sit on the Pavilion Veranda to enjoy a stunning sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Dinner and overnight on board at Hsithe.
In the early morning, have a cup of coffee. And then, take a short fishing trip with fishermen, which may takes for about 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Hsithe is known for its fishermen (and fisherwomen) who have traditionally fished cooperatively with the Irrawaddy River dolphins. There is a chance, but not guaranteed, to see dolphins. If you are lucky, this will be a magic moment. At times, up to 10 individuals can be seen playing, feeding and 'snorting' in the water opposite Hsithe but everything is down to luck! Breakfast will be served on board after your fishing trip. Afterwards, visit to the Hsithe village and fishermen will teach you how to cast the fishing nets. Then return to the boat and have lunch during navigation. After boating for about 2 hours, stop at the Sheinmaya Tawyagyi village. Sheinmaga Tawyagyi is located midway between Kyaukmyaung and Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Upon arrival, visit to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Sheinmaga Tawyagyi village. It is the oldest wildlife sanctuary in Myanmar and founded by King Mindon in 1852. It has an area of 334 acres. This sanctuary is home Eld's Deer and Yellow-headed tortoises, both endangered species. It is also home to many bird species including Hooded treepie and White-throated babbler, which are endemic to Myanmar. And then, visit to the beautiful 19th century monastery and village school. After exploring around the Sheinmaga Tawyagyi village, return back to Mandalay and it may take for about 3 hours. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive back to the Mandalay.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Private boat along the trip
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • Contribution to village center
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks at bar
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)



  • Program is subject to change without prior notice due to the water levels or for safety reasons. Offers are subject to availability. Please advise embarking & disembarking details with flight/ transfer information in order to match with cruise itinerary accordingly. Early check-in and late check-out at different port/jetty are subject to operational availability.

  • By participating in this tour you will be contributing towards community-based conservation in Hsithe and Tawyagyi
  • Sheinmaga. This programme is partially supported by Harrison Institute, Centre for Systematics and Biodiversity Research and the Darwin Initiative of the UK government.
Tour code: MDLDM2NHA

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