2-Day Local Experience at Rural Fishermen’s Village

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 2 Days

English    Mandalay

tour highlights

  • Local life experience at fishermen's village, Hsithe
  • Encourage the community-based conservation project and support the rural community
  • Overnight stay at Dolphin Eco Lodge, overlooking the panoramic views of Ayeyarwady River
  • Observe about the typical ways of life in the village: Fishing, farming and making handicrafts
  • Explore around Hsithe village and interact with the friendly locals
  • Get a fun insight of local fishermen and learn how to cast a net
  • Take a boat in the river and practice what you've learnt from the fishermen

tour details

This is a trip for those who want to experience first-hand unspoilt Myanmar and to be briefly part of a village culture that has changed little in 100 years. It is also a trip for those who wish to experience the thrill of observing river life, wildlife and, authentic local lifestyle which are simply farming and fishing. Expect to see hundreds of migratory and resident birds during your trip. Enjoy an overnight stay at Dolphin Eco Lodge, overlooking the beautiful Ayeyarwady river with stunning panoramic views. By participating in this tour, you will be contributing towards community-based conservation in Hsithe.

Why choose this tour?

  • A conservative tour to discover the habitat of endangered Ayeyarwady dolphins
  • Experience of witnessing the unique cooperative fishing of fishermen and dolphins
  • Sightseeing in the anceint cultural city of Mingun
Pick-up from your hotel at 12:00 hours. Passing through agricultural land, drive through many villages where you can see the daily life of rural Myanmar. The road passes to the east of the famous Marble Mountains, where the raw material for the marble carvers of Amarapura is quarried.
At 14:00 hours, arrive at Singu, an attractive small town on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Here you will take a boat to Hsithe (30min). The boat trip is a great opportunity to observe wildlife, particularly water birds such as Ruddy shelduck, Chinese spot-billed duck, Asian open bill and many Black kites, ospreys and Cormorants etc. (most birds are migratory and the best time to see them is late November to March). Arrive in Hsithe around sunset, in time for light refreshment in the Visitor Centre and watch the superb view of sun going down behind the mountain ranges in the west. The Visitor's centre and the Eco Lodge are both positioned on the east bank of the river with panoramic views. The rare species of Ayeyarwady dolphins might be seen in the river near the lodge if you are lucky. Dinner to be served in the late evening.

Dinner at Visitor's Centre
Accommodation at Dolphin Eco lodge
Next morning, wake up to the sound of the wooden drum from the village monastery. Have breakfast at the Visitor's Centre. You will probably see the village monks do their morning alms round, and the villagers come out to offer their offerings. Later learn to be a fisherman. First you will be shown how to cast a net. Using a light net, you will have two or three trial throws on ground adjacent to the centre. Then, you go by fishing boat to shallow waters and practice your skills. Young or old, male and female, this is something you will enjoy and remember.

Lunch at Visitor's Centre

In the afternoon, you will go for a tour of the village, which will be led by one of the villagers. You can observe rural village life in all its fascinating forms - the village houses, people, livestock and the monasteries. It is a village of bullock carts, smiling children, and of communities going about their daily life - which is little changed over the centuries. But sadly, it is now time for you to leave this timeless idyll. After lunch, there will be a chance to discover the rural life of the village by boat sailing upstream to Singu. The water birds look particularly beautiful in the evening twilight. It would be a great photo opportunity as the birds come home to roost in the tall trees beyond the blue mountains in the east. Depart Singu at 16:00 hours and transfer back to your hotel in Mandalay by 18:30 hours latest.

customise the tour

  • Combine with Mandalay and its countryside excursions
  • Optional overnight accommodation at Hsithe Village Eco Lodge
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat fee
  • Guided village tour
  • Net casting session
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at Dolphin Eco Lodge
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • 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 with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

Tour code: PKMNERFB

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