Ayeyarwaddy River, Mingun

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Ayeyarwaddy River serves as a life-giving vein for the country, providing it with most of its commercial enterprise, but also affording tourists with many cultural adventures in a diverse natural environment. Being used for trade and transport as early as the sixth century CE, the river travels 2,170 km (1,348 mi) until it empties into the Andaman Sea. The river affords a closer look at the unspoiled Burmese villages that make their living from its shores, taking to the water to fish. Look out for various creatures, including the rare saltwater crocodile, the Irrawaddy dolphin, and a wealth of bird life, especially around the southern delta area, where plovers, great cormorants, and whiskered terns can be seen. Use our Mingun trip planning website to add Ayeyarwaddy River and other attractions to your Mingun vacation plans.
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  • September 22, 2017
    the wide river with many dakly activities of local people along the river bank is normally seen. During winter on October to March, there is cruise along the river from Mandalay to Bagan/ vice versa.i...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    I took a boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy river from Mandalay to Mingun and back. A good way to enjoy the breeze and looking at life along the riverbank. I would suggest taking a boat then driving to M...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The boat trip on the river is very nice, and along the way are many floating villages and typical houses where the Burmese makes your life. It is the main fluvial artery around the country, like the Mekong in Viet Nam. It is essential to take a walk. The visit of Mingun from Mandalay is made in boat by this river.
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Where to stay in Mingun

Mingun itself has no accommodations, although the city of Mandalay lies just an hour's boat ride to the south along the Ayeyarwady River. A very popular excursion for visitors to Mandalay, boats run from the jetty each morning bound for Mingun. Mandalay's accommodations are a varied bunch, with some particularly upmarket and refined options seated alongside altogether more backpacker-friendly fare, such as hostels and simple guesthouses.
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