Fisherman’s Village Like a Local

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Mandalay, Hsithe

tour highlights

  • Visit the Hsithe village
  • Learn to be a fisherman or woman and learn how to cast a net
  • Observe the fishing, farming and the local wildlife, especially the Irrawaddy River dolphins

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 – 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 dolphins, watch river life and enjoy the beauty of seeing hundreds of winter migrating ducks and other wonderful birds. By participating in this tour you will be contributing towards community-based conservation in Hsithe and Tawyagyi-Sheinmaga.

Why choose this tour?

  • Live like a local and learn how to cast net or how to fish in Hsithe village
  • Opportunity to observe wildlife; Ayeyarwady dolphins, water birds and migrating birds
  • Contributing to community-based conservation in Hsithe and Tawyagyi-Sheinmaga

tour description

In the morning, depart from your hotel and 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 mined. At 10:00 hours, arrive at Singu, an attractive small town on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Here, you will be met by the village boat from Hsithe. 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 and Cormorans. If you are lucky, you may also see an Osprey or other migrating birds of prey.
Arrive in Hsithe, in time for light refreshment in the Visitor Centre. This attractive building is positioned on the east bank of the river with panoramic views. Often, dolphins can be observed, feeding in the waters opposite. The training of how to fish lasts one hour and is great fun. First, you will be shown how to cast a net and then it is your turn. Using a light net, especially designed for this purpose, 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 is taken in the visitor centre.
After lunch, you will have time to look round the many information boards that explain about life in the village: the fishing, farming and the local wildlife, especially the Irrawaddy River dolphin. It is also an opportunity to buy locally-made handicrafts in the visitor centre shop. In the afternoon, you will go for a tour of the village, which will be led by one of the villagers. You can observe local village life in all its fascinating forms - the architecture, the people, the animals, the activities and the monasteries. It is a village of bullock carts, smiling children, and of communities going about their daily life - life which is little changed over the centuries. This time, you head upriver to Singu. The water birds look particularly beautiful in the afternoon light. You depart Singu at 16:00 hours and transfer back to your hotel in Mandalay.

customise the tour

  • Photo fishing tour
  • Rice planting and peanut harvesting experience (seasonal)
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Lunch
  • Boat
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • By participating in this tour you will be contributing towards community-based conservation in Hsithe and Tawyagyi-Sheinmaga. We are very grateful to Dr. Paul Bates and Beatrix Lanzinger for the provision of their expertise and also the beautiful pictures. The programme was partially supported by Harrison Institute, Centre for Systematics and Biodiversity Research and the Darwin Initiative of the UK government.
  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: EXMFFVLB

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