Fisherman’s Village Like a Local

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

  • Visit the Hsithe village
  • Learn to be a fisherman/woman!
  • Observe the fishing, farming and the local wildlife, especially the Irrawaddy River dolphin
  • By participating in this tour you will be contributing towards community-based conservation in Hsithe and Tawyagyi-Sheinmaga.

tour details

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.

tour description

After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up at 08.00 am by car. Our journey to Hsithe will take us north past Mandalay Hill. Passing through agricultural land, we 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 am we 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 Cormorants. If you are lucky you may also see an Osprey or other migrating birds of prey. We arrive in Hsithe at 10.45, 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. Now you will learn to be a fisherman/woman! The training lasts one hour but 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 the 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. But sadly, it is now time for you to leave this timeless idyll. Once more you travel by boat. This time, you head upriver to Singu. The water birds look particularly beautiful in the afternoon light. You depart Singu at 16.15 pm and our delivered back to your hotel in Mandalay by about 18.30 latest.

includes

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


notes

  • 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 13-16 April
Tour code: MDLDMGLHV
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