- Venture the boat trip across the Inyarwaddy River
- Discover the wildlife and enjoy Birdwatching in boat trip
- Experience about the Inyarwaddy Dolphins
- Learn about the lifestyles of local fishermen and their villages
This tour is specialized on Hsithe, an idyllic, riverside village, which is situated on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River some 60 km north of Mandalay, is ideal. Without electricity or running water, no roads and no cars in the village and accessible only by boat, Hsithe seems from another era – a hidden gem.The big community of poor fishermen and fisherwomen in Hsithe welcomed the idea to create a new tourist destination with a number of interesting additional livelihoods. Especially you can learn about Irrawaddy Dolphins.
Pick you up at 08.00 am your hotel 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 quarried.
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 , ospreys and Cormorants etc (most birds are migratory and the best time to see them is late November-late March).
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 lookparticularly 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.
Please note that: During the monsoon season and check whether it would be possible to visit the villages.
What is included in the tour
- Regional English speaking guide.
- All transfers with private air-conditioned vehicles
- Ferry Boat( To and From)
- Fishing experience, learning to use a casting net (One hour).
- Entrance fees
- Village Tour
- Lunch at village (Chicken Fried Rice with One Bottle of Water)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Expenditure of a personal nature
- Services not mentioned in our itinerary
- Camera and Video fees
- Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)