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Where is Destination Ayeyarwady?
Destination Ayeyarwady is based in the fishing village of Hsithe, which is situated on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River within the 'Irrawaddy Dolphin Protected Area'. It is approximately 60 km north of Mandalay. It can only be reached by boat or a combination of car and boat.
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How to arrange a visit to Destination Ayeyarwady?
Destination Ayeyarwady can be visited as a day trip or for over-night stays. It can also be visited by cruise boats, which are passing up and down the Ayeyarwady River.
However, to ensure that the villages are ready for your visit, they must be informed in advance (at least two days).  To do this, you must call Ma Hnin Witt Yee on 09 250 640 728 or email
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, 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 provide good service to all visitors.
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How to get the Hsithe
If coming to Destination Ayeyarwady from Mandalay by car, the road journey to Singu takes approximately 2 hours and includes many fascinating insights into rural Myanmar life. At Singu, you will be met by the village boat that will transport you down river to Hsithe village. This is a great opportunity to observe wildlife, especially winter birds and, if you are lucky, a dolphin.
Why visit Destination Ayeyarwady?
Destination Ayeyarwady is a must-see for all those interested in traditional Myanmar culture. The villagers, led by the Destination Manager, Daw (Mrs) San San Swe, will give you a wonderful reception and you will instantly feel relaxed and at home. You will be transported 100 years back in time and you will love it!!! With delicious food, a great atmosphere and entertaining activities, it is a must for all those who want to see more than just typical tourist sites. 
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Ma Hnin Witt Yee, Project Reservations Manager, Yangon on 09 250 640 728 or email

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