The development  of the destinations is part of a community-conservation project funded by the UK's Darwin Initiative. It is a partnership between the Myanmar non-profit organisations 'Grow Back for Posterity' and Myanmar Bird and Nature Society and the UK's Harrison Institute. The project has also received valuable support from the University of Mandalay.

  
VISITING and CONTACT
 
Please note:
To ensure that the villages are ready for your visit, they must be informed in advance (at least one day but preferably more).  To do this, please call Ma Hnin Witt Yee on 09 250 640 728 or email hninhninmeister@gmail.com
 
Ma Hnin Witt Yee is the project's link between the tourism industry and the villagers.
She will:
(1) contact the village, (2) check availability, (3) confirm your booking, and (4) follow-up any particular requests that you may have.
 
Her aim is to ensure that the villagers have a well organised diary of visits and the village management 
know the size and visiting dates of each group.

 
This service is vital since the villagers are new to tourism and Ma Hnin acts as a support for the village management. She helps avoid double bookings or tourists arriving at the villages unexpectedly. She ensures that the correct number of villagers are available to provide activities for your clients (ie net casting, village tour..). For those coming by car on a day trip, she will ensure that there is a boat to meet your clients at the jetty in
Singu for Hsithe or Kanphyu for Myit Kan Gyi. All in all she will do everything possible to make it a great day
for your clients.
As currently we have no external funding for this service, we have to charge $5/visitor to cover costs.
 
Following a very successful launch in the 2016/2017 season, Hsithe and Myitkangyi villages are looking forward to welcoming you in 2018/2019.
Costs/Charges/Fees for visitor activities at the destinations
 
There are a number of fees and charges associated with visiting the villages. These are listed below. Since the destinations, through the support of the Darwin Initiative, UK,  have been developed to meet community needs and  dolphin conservation, visitors should include, in addition to Item 1, at least one of Items 3, 4, and 5. Ideally, they should include two, such as 3 and 5 or 4 and 5. This will allow visitors to interact with the local people and provide a 'Win-Win-Win' opportunity for villagers, wildlife and tourists. Visitors will need Kyats to pay for drinks and to buy handicrafts.
 
Item 1: Visitor charge: 3,000 kyats (approx US $2.5) per visitor to each village (covers entrance fees to the
visitor centre)
 
Item 2: Cost of boat to collect and return visitors from Sheinmaga for Myit Kan Gyi OR from Singu for  Hsithe: 32,000 kyats (approx $27) per boat (maximium capacity is 6 per boat; for over 6 passengers more than one boat will be required)
 
Item 3: Fishing experience, learning to use a casting net: 10,000 kyats (approx $8.5) per individual (covers the cost of onshore training and casting the net on the river  from a small fishing boat - the whole activity takes approximately one hour)
 
Item 4: Boat trip with the fishermen/women: 20,000 kyats (approx. $17) per boat [2 individuals])  (covers the cost of travelling in a small boat, watching and photographing traditional fishing with cast nets - opportunity to see dolphins -  depending on your luck!)
 
Item 5: Village tour, led by a Myanmar speaking villager: 5,000 kyats (approx. $4.2) per visitor.
 
Item 6: Handicrafts and light refreshments: Items in the visitor centre shop and small cafe are fixed price and must be paid in Kyats.
 
For every payment made, 50% goes to the individual who conducts the activity or makes the handicraft; 20% goes to a community project, 20% to dolphin conservation, and 10% to the cost of running the project in the village. 

 

 

For further information about the project,

please contact
Beatrix Lanzinger, Harrison Institute

Email: beatrixlanzinger@gmail.com

 
Project management plans are available for Hsithe in English and Myanmar and for Myitkangyi in English and Myanmar.
  
VISITING and CONTACT
 
Please note:
To ensure that the villages are ready for your visit, they must be informed in advance (at least one day but preferably more).  To do this, please call Ma Hnin Witt Yee on 09 250 640 728 or email hninhninmeister@gmail.com
 
Ma Hnin Witt Yee is the project's link between the tourism industry and the villagers.
She will:
(1) contact the village, (2) check availability, (3) confirm your booking, and (4) follow-up any particular requests that you may have.
 
Her aim is to ensure that the villagers have a well organised diary of visits and the village management 
know the size and visiting dates of each group.

 
This service is vital since the villagers are new to tourism and Ma Hnin acts as a support for the village management. She helps avoid double bookings or tourists arriving at the villages unexpectedly. She ensures that the correct number of villagers are available to provide activities for your clients (ie net casting, village tour..). For those coming by car on a day trip, she will ensure that there is a boat to meet your clients at the jetty in
Singu for Hsithe or Kanphyu for Myit Kan Gyi. All in all she will do everything possible to make it a great day
for your clients.
As currently we have no external funding for this service, we have to charge $5/visitor to cover costs.
 
Following a very successful launch in the 2016/2017 season, Hsithe and Myitkangyi villages are looking forward to welcoming you in 2018/2019.
Costs/Charges/Fees for visitor activities at the destinations
 
There are a number of fees and charges associated with visiting the villages. These are listed below. Since the destinations, through the support of the Darwin Initiative, UK,  have been developed to meet community needs and  dolphin conservation, visitors should include, in addition to Item 1, at least one of Items 3, 4, and 5. Ideally, they should include two, such as 3 and 5 or 4 and 5. This will allow visitors to interact with the local people and provide a 'Win-Win-Win' opportunity for villagers, wildlife and tourists. Visitors will need Kyats to pay for drinks and to buy handicrafts.
 
Item 1: Visitor charge: 3,000 kyats (approx US $2.5) per visitor to each village (covers entrance fees to the
visitor centre)
 
Item 2: Cost of boat to collect and return visitors from Sheinmaga for Myit Kan Gyi OR from Singu for  Hsithe: 32,000 kyats (approx $27) per boat (maximium capacity is 6 per boat; for over 6 passengers more than one boat will be required)
 
Item 3: Fishing experience, learning to use a casting net: 10,000 kyats (approx $8.5) per individual (covers the cost of onshore training and casting the net on the river  from a small fishing boat - the whole activity takes approximately one hour)
 
Item 4: Boat trip with the fishermen/women: 20,000 kyats (approx. $17) per boat [2 individuals])  (covers the cost of travelling in a small boat, watching and photographing traditional fishing with cast nets - opportunity to see dolphins -  depending on your luck!)
 
Item 5: Village tour, led by a Myanmar speaking villager: 5,000 kyats (approx. $4.2) per visitor.
 
Item 6: Handicrafts and light refreshments: Items in the visitor centre shop and small cafe are fixed price and must be paid in Kyats.
 
For every payment made, 50% goes to the individual who conducts the activity or makes the handicraft; 20% goes to a community project, 20% to dolphin conservation, and 10% to the cost of running the project in the village. 

 

 

For further information about the project,

please contact
Beatrix Lanzinger, Harrison Institute

Email: beatrixlanzinger@gmail.com

 
Project management plans are available for Hsithe in English and Myanmar and for Myitkangyi in English and Myanmar.
Contact

 

Ma Hnin Witt Yee, Project Reservations Manager, Yangon on 09 250 640 728 or email hninhninmeister@gmail.com

Designed & published by Paul Bates, Harrison Institute. Revised February. 2019