Irrawaddy Delta

Delta Tours

Combined Ferry & River-Boat Delta Tour (4 days / 3 nights)
(with optional side-trip to Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary)
The Irrawaddy River delta boasts one of the most diverse and ecologically significant landscapes in Myanmar. The river trip is designed for intrepid travellers who want to explore both the scenic countryside and also the rural life by driving and boating through the extensive Ayeyarwaddy Delta.
Day 1:
Private car will take you to Jetty in front of Pongyi Road, Chinatown. On arrival you will be met by local guide and check into your overnight ferry boat to Bogale. The boat will navigate across the Rangoon River and travel down the historic Twante Canal and into the delta. The boat usuall sails at 6.00pm so you will see a sunset on the river that is not to be missed. Spend the night on the ferry in your private double cabin (no shower available). Local “restaurant” on board, this is a boat for local Myanmar people going in the delta. You can get electricity on board for your digital camera.
Day 2:
Just after dawn, we arrive at Bogale (pronounced ‘Bow-ga-lay’), a city and administrative centre located deep in the Irrawaddy Delta. It is a lively port town and provides the chance to see how different delta life is to the hustle and bustle of Yangon. Breakfast in a local tea-shop (local food). You will check into the your clean modern hotel. Strand Road and the market are worth a stroll. Also you will have the opportunity to hop on a bicycle to explore the quite streets and laneways of Bogale. Visit the monastery with 90 year-old monk, and interesting museum of Buddhist relics. Visit the working rice mills containing century-old converted steam engines still working. At the end of the day you will go on a boat tour of the local waterways surrounding Bogale, with hundreds of locally made teak rice boats. The sunsets are wonderful.
Day 3:
You will travel in your own covered wooden boat through the amazing water channels of the delta. This three-hour trip to Pyapon is one of the highlights of the trip. Along the river you will see duck farms, coconut plantations, rice fields, danni and toddy palms, small local river-shops and numerous villages. This is the real delta country. After arriving at Pyapon you will book into the newly built … Hotel. In the afternoon you can explore the wonderful small alleyways and riverside streets, by bike or foot.
Day 4:
Early morning boat ride, again in small private boat, to Dedaye. Explore the riverside old buildings and beautiful pagoda and adjacent lake. In the afternoon you will be taken by private car through numerous villages and small towns back to Yangon to your hotel.
Side-Trip:
Bogale can also serve as an excellent transit point on the way to the nearby Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see migratory waterbirds and saltwater crocodiles. No permit is necessary to visit Bogale or Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, but you are required to register at the Sanctuary Headquarters in Bogale before going there; this is located in the Forest Department compound towards the northern end of the Strand Road. The Wildlife Sanctuary staff can arrange a boat for your trip and might be able to provide a park ranger to accompany you (they have the best knowledge of where to view the animals). We can extend your tour by one or two days and organise accommodation at the basic ranger stations on Meinmahla Kyun. It is recommended to spend at least one night at Meinmahla Kyun, allowing time for both day exploration and night spotting of crocodiles.

Combined Car & River-Boat Delta Tour (4 days / 3 nights)
(with optional side-trip to Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary)
The Irrawaddy River delta boasts one of the most diverse and ecologically significant landscapes in Myanmar. The river trip is designed for intrepid travellers who want to explore both the scenic countryside and also the rural life by driving and boating through the extensive Ayeyarwaddy Delta.
Day 1:
Private car will take the historic delta town of Twante driving past local villages, rice fields and rubber plantations on the way. In Twante you will be able to the stunning 78 metre tall, Shwe Sandaw Pagoda, first built by the Mons over two thousand years ago, and also visit Snake Temple. You can then o to visit two pottery factories, where methods have remained basically unchanged, as well as a traditional weaving workshop. All work is done by hand. Visitors can see potters at work and completed pieces being fired in old-fashioned kilns. You will then have the rare chance to see two of Twante’s remaining colonial brick buildings, as well as a recently re-discovered abandoned teak house that was used as living quarters for local police officers, at the same time that Orwell was stationed in Twante (possibly by George Orwell himself). You will then keep on driving to the delta town of Bogale where you will spend your first night. Bogale (pronounced ‘Bow-a-lay’) is a city and administrative centre located deep in the Irrawaddy Delta. It is a lively port town and provides the chance to see how different delta life is to the hustle and bustle of Yangon.
Day 2:
Bogale (pronounced ‘Bow-a-lay’) is a city and administrative centre located deep in the Irrawaddy Delta. It is a lively port town and provides the chance to see how different delta life is to the hustle and bustle of Yangon. You will check into the clean and modern hotel. Strand Road and the market are worth a stroll. Also you will have the opportunity to hop on a bicycle to explore the quite streets and laneways of Bogale. Visit the monastery with the 90 year old monk, and interesting museum of Buddhist relics. Visit the working rice mills containing century-old converted steam engines still working. At the end of the day you will go on a boat tour of the local waterways surrounding Bogale, with hundreds of locally made teak rice boats. The sunsets are wonderful.
Day 3:
You will travel in your own covered wooden boat through the amazing water channels of the delta. This three-hour trip to Pyapon is one of the highlights of the trip. Along the river you will see duck farms, coconut plantations, rice fields, danni and toddy palms, small local river-shops and numerous villages. This is the real delta country. After arriving at Pyapon you will book into the newly built … Hotel. In the afternoon you can explore the wonderful small alleyways and riverside streets, by bike or foot.
Day 4:
Early morning boat ride, again in small private boat, to Dedaye. Explore the riverside old buildings and beautiful pagoda and adjacent lake. In the afternoon you will be taken by private car through numerous villages and small towns back to Yangon to your hotel.
Side-Trip:
Bogale can also serve as an excellent transit point on the way to the nearby Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see migratory waterbirds and saltwater crocodiles. No permit is necessary to visit Bogale or Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, but you are required to register at the Sanctuary Headquarters in Bogale before going there; this is located in the Forest Department compound towards the northern end of the Strand Road. The Wildlife Sanctuary staff can arrange a boat for your trip and might be able to provide a park ranger to accompany you (they have the best knowledge of where to view the animals). We can extend your tour by one or two days and organise accommodation at the basic ranger stations on Meinmahla Kyun. It is recommended to spend at least one night at Meinmahla Kyun, allowing time for both day exploration and night spotting of crocodiles.

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