Fresh-water Dolphins are found on Ayeyarwaddy River between Mandalay and Bhamo. Enjoy a smooth cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay and stopover for one night in Myay-zun village.
What to experience?
Labine is the Myanmar word for dolphin, and it is the species of a fresh-water kind. The Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) inhabits the Ayeyarwaddy River between Mandalay and Bhamo. One of the most incredible characteristics of these dolphins is the relationship that they have with the local fishermen. Using various calls and sounds, the local fishermen can call the dolphins to drive fish into their cast nets and are rewarded with a share in the harvest. So close is this relationship that individual dolphins have become entirely loyal to a particular fishing village and fisherman within. They are vital to the livelihoods of more than 100 fishing families.
Take a 2 day one night excursion to Myay-zun village,Enjoy the boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River taking in the serenity of local river life. Mingun on the way is also worth a stop. the Sagyin Hills overlook Myay-zun village which is simple and charming rural riverside village of stilt houses. There are 7 hills around the village, all of which are quarried for their highest grade white marble. And of course you’ll observe the Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin in its natural environment and admire the unique fishing methods that have sustained generations of fishermen and offer a remarquable example of symbiosis between man and nature.
Contemplate an inspiring sunset from the riverbank. You can spend the night in the monastery of the village. It could not be described as luxurious but this option is very authentic and spiritual.
How Does it Help?
In 2010 the population was estimated at 90 individuals. A protection zone has been established for rare dolphins in the upper reaches of the Ayeyawaddy River, aimed at reducing the extinction of the dolphins and preserving the culture of cooperative fishing. The 72 km-long protected area is designated between Kyaukmyaung and Mingun in the north.
Your visit will support the local communities in many ways. If awareness on the importance of protecting biodiversity among locals is already well present, it will support their efforts and encourage a wider action. This will encourage the education programmes on dolphin conservation and the importance of adopting sustainable fishing practices to achieve more productive and sustainable livelihoods.
You can go directly with your guide or contact Wildlife Conservation Society, M Aung Myo Chit
Tel: 95-1524893 /10512984