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Ayeyarwady River or Irrawady River is the main river in the country of Myanmar that flows from the northern part to the southern part of Myanmar. The river is in the length of two thousand kilometres. Started in the N'Mai and Mali rivers, Ayeyarwady River has its delta in the Andaman Sea. Ayeyarwady River is very famous for its river cruise. There are many variety of ships that sail in the Ayeyarwady River such as the bi-level ship, cruise ship, and colonial steam-ship style. In Ayeyarwady River, there are also plenty of animals that are originally inhabit Ayeyarwady River such as dolphins and river shark.
A Calm and Exciting Tour in Ayeryawady River
Ayeyarwady River is very famous for its river cruise. Most of the ships are departed from Mandalay or Bagan. There are many ship choices that visitors can take. The ship choices is based on how long the trip that you want to get. Ayeyarwady River Cruise provides three to four nights cruise, seven nights, and also longer trip. For the three to four nights voyage, usually the ships are departed from Mandalay and Bagan. The three to four nights trip is cost around five thousand dollars. Eventhough it is not a small number of money, you will get the best trip and the best view of Myanmar's pagoda and monastery from the river. So, take the best tour of Ayeyarwady River on its cruise and discover the best things provided by Myanmar for you.
Not only that you can enjoy the river cruise, you can also have a fancy lunch or dinner in Ayeyarwady River Terrace Restaurant. Not only that the restaurant faced Ayeyarwady River, it also faces Mekong river. The restaurant mainly serves three cuisines which are Chinese, Myanmar, and Thai cuisines. The terrace restaurant which face Ayeyarwady river gives you the best atmosphere of calm. The terrace restaurant also offers its very best view of sunset. One thing that you also can do in the terrace restaurant is having a temple dinner which is located near the temple inside of the terrace restaurant. Your dinner will also be accompanied by a man playing Myanmar's string instrument.
Ayeyarwady River is spread along Myanmar from the northern side to the southern side. Along the river bank, there are many places that you can see while you are having your river cruise in Ayeyarwady River. From your cruise ship, you can see many temples, pagodas, and monasteries such as Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, and also Mahamuni Pagoda. Not only religious places, you will also get to see markets on the river bank. Another thing that you can do when you are on your trip in the cruise ship is to see the best sunset.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to go to to Ayeyarwady River and just wanted to stroll around the river bank, there is no entrance ticket that you need to buy. However, if you are planning on riding the cruise ship, you need to book it as fast as you can. You can book it online and offline.
How To Get Around?
To get around Ayeyarwady River is best to go by foot because you will have an exciting outdoor tour and you will also get to move to another place in a fast pace.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tour around Ayeyarwady River, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable for you to have a tour around the building. However, if you are planning on visiting some temples or pagodas, you need to always cover your arms and knees. Also, wear a comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the complex in comfort.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ayeyarwady River is when the weather is not too hot and perfect to enjoy the sunset, between 3 pm to 6 pm. Ayeyarwady River is open 24 hours every day. It is also recommended to have the river cruise in between October and March when the river levels and humidity are not too high.
Will I Need a Guide?
It is okay to go have a tour on Ayeyarwady River without a guide. Everything is easy and you can find all the information on this site.
How To Get There?
Actually, there is no exact place that you need to reach when you want to see Ayeyarwady River. If you are planning to visit Ayeyarwady River, it is recommended to go there by car or taxi. The fee for taxi if you take it from Mandalay are around six thousad kyat or four dollars. It is also recommended to go there by rickshaw if you are visiting from nearby place. The rickshaw ride will cost around three kyat or 2 dollars.
If you are planning on having the river cruise in Ayeyarwady River, it is recommended to pick the east side of the ship so that you will be safe from the hot sun in noon. It is also recommended to bring binocular so that it will be easy for you to do sightseeing while you are on the ship.