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River Highlights as seen by RV Mahaythi
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Myanmar has over 300 cities. According to historical testimonials

AYARWADDY DELTA
The Ayarwaddy Delta region cover an area of 1000 square miles of waterways and wetlands and is one of the most complex river systems on the planet. There are seven main channels flowing down from the Ayarwaddy valley and from these several thousand creeks and lesser channels. The two main ports are Yangon, the present day capital, and Pathein, centre for the paddy producers in this area once known as the "rice basket of Asia". In the Delta profuse human activity mixes with a varied selection of wild life and bird life. People live on the river and there is constant activity. The Delta towns are attractive and humming with life and activity.

TWANTE
It was the ancient city, which stands 24 Km far from the present capital Yangon. A boat cruise trip through to Twante canal takes about 3 hours and Twante noted for its pottery and cotton weaving industries. It also efforts visitors an opportunity to see the way of life along canal. It provides a glimpse of life on an along the famous canal, which was dug during the colonial era as a short cut across the Ayeyarwddy Delta. A large market in the centre of town near the canal banks were destroyed by fire in January 1995 but has since rebuilt. Though agriculture and fishery are important business, pottery is the most commonly found in Twante. The art of making pot had originated since a millennium years age. All the villagers are busy with molding the items on the potter-wheels, baking, designing and applying ceramic. Another highlight is Shwesandaw paya. This Mon-built Zedi is just a few years younger than famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

PATHEIN
It is a capital city of the delta region; Ayeyarwaddy Division. From Pathein you can go to the Chaung Tha Beach and the Ngwe Saung Beach. This port of call is easily reached by road or by cruise through the complex Ayarwaddy river. As Ayarwaddy Division is known as the rice bowl of the country the landscapes are predominately rice fields with other colorful crops such as sesames, groundnuts, jute, maize, pulses, tobacco, chilies, etc. Parasol production is synonymous with Pathein. It is well-known for the production of “Pathein Hti”. The main food is the specialty Pathein Halawar. Pathein is also noted for its umbrella-making cottage industry. Practically people in Pathein seem to be engaged in producing these umbrellas used only by monks. Although the majority are ethnic Bumars (formerly Burmans) and mainly Buddhist, there is a significant number of Kayin (formerly Karen) who are either Catholics or members of the Karen Baptisiam Church.
There are thus a number of churches of note, apart from the usual pagodas. The red-and-white-brick St Peter’s Cathedral, was built in 1872. And there is another former St Joseph’s Convent, now it uses as a public high school and an elegant.

PANTANAW
Pantanaw is a small town of Ayeyarwaddy Division. The main product is the mat. The mat is an essential accessory in a Myanmar household. It is weaved from thin straps of the Thin Reed grows in the swamp areas of Ayeyawady Delta region and Taninthayi Division of Lower Myanmar. The traditional mat weaving industry flourishes. It takes at least about twelve days to weave a mat. The Thin is systematically processed by being cut, sunned, soaked in water and peeled into straps before being woven into a mat. The thin straps are dyed to be colourfully woven.

DANUPHYU
It is located in Ayeyarwaddy Division and there has the fort of Sitthu Gyi Maha Bandoo La. And there is a lot of Jute Grading & Baling Factory. The main products of Da-Nu-Byu are: 1) Jute 2) Jute Products: Jute bags, Hessian, Carpet Backing Cloth, Jute Carpets, Wool Carpets, Stuffer Yarns, Jute Twines, Jute Yarns, Sacking Cloth, Jute Handicrafts, Various Writing-Papers, File Covers, Exercise Books, Tissue Paper.

MA U BIN
Ma-U-Bin is a district city of Ayeyarwaddy Division. It has a good transportation to Yangon or other towns in Ayeyarwaddy Division. In Ma-U-Bin, there is a big Jute Grading & Baling Factory and Paper Mail. It is an entrance city to Ayeyarwaddy Division and it is famous for the fishing ponds. There is a possessed of great influence pagoda which is the Pawdawmu Pagoda; its wood carving monastery. The main products of Ma-U-Bin are 1) Jute 2) Jute Products: Jute bags, Hessian, Carpet Backing Cloth, Jute Carpets, Wool Carpets, Stuffer Yarns, Jute Twines, Jute Yarns, Sacking Cloth, Jute Handicrafts, Various Writing-Papers, File Covers, Exercise Books, Tissue Paper.

MEINMAHLA KYUN (ISLAND) WILD LIFE SANCTUARY
This sanctuary is located in southern Myanmar near the Bay of Bengal, an area of 139.70 sq km covered with mangrove forests, Irrawaddy Dolphin, Otter, Sambhur Deer, Hog Deer, Small Indian Civet, Large Indian Civet, Wild Boar, Jackal, Crab-eating Macaque, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat and many spicies of small mammals live in this region, Only 139 bird species have been recorded, but it is believed thaty others are yet to be discovered, Highlight would be Oriental Darter, Wooly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Black-headed Ibis, Crab Plover, Ruff, Mangrove Pitta, Brahiminy Kite, Greater Flameback and Racket-tailed Treepie, In addition one can make the observation of esturine crocodiles by the spot light at night in the river, river banks and mangrove forests.

It is also possible to observe eggs laying of sea turtles on the sand banks at night sightseeing the ways of river life and studying the way of fisherman life (like the sea gipsy) in and around this sanctuary..

YANGON RIVER
Famous river beside Burma(Myanmar)'s capital, Rangoon(Yangon).The Yangon River (also known as Rangoon River or Hlaing River) is an estuary that runs from Yangon to the Andaman Sea. It empties into the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea, 25 miles (40 km) southeast. Linked west to the Irrawaddy River by the Twante Canal (first dug in 1883), it is the main access channel to Yangon and can accommodate oceangoing vessels.

AYEYARWADDY RIVER
The Ayeyarwaddy River or Irrawaddy River is a river that flows through Burma (Myanmar). It is Myanmar's largest river (about 1350 miles or 2170 km long) and its most important commercial waterway, with a drainage area of about 158,700 square miles (411,000 km˛).

The Ayeyarwaddy River starts in Kachin State, at the confluence of the Mali Hka and N'Mai Hka rivers. The western Mali Hka branch arises from the end of the southern Himalayas, north of Puta O, and (like the main river) is called Nam Kiu in the Shan language.

The Ayeyarwaddy River bisects the country from north to south and empties through a nine armed delta into the Indian Ocean. In colonial times, before railways and automobiles, the river was known as the "Road to Mandalay". Although navigable by large vessels to Myitkyina for a distance over 1600 km from the ocean, the river is also full of sandbanks and islands, making such navigation difficult. For many years, the only bridge built to cross the Ayeyarwady River was the Inwa Bridge.

The name "Ayeyarwady" is believed to have derived from the Sanskrit term "airavati", meaning "Elephant River".

The Irrawaddy gives its name to a dolphin, the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevistosus), which is found in the river. Though sometimes called the Irrawaddy River Dolphin, it is not a true river dolphin, since it is also found at sea.

 
 

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