Community Based Tourism
Singu Township, Mandalay Region
Community Based Tourism has been implemented in Sithe village at the 1st November 2016 and then Myit Kan Gyi Village, Singu Township, Mandalay Region at 30th October 2016 by the permission of the Government of Mandalay Region. Visitors can reach there by car from Mandalay for about 2 hours and then go by boat for about half-hour. This tour is day-return trip. The training for the villagers to earn extra income by making recycle-bags from waste products, mango jam and mango pickle was already done. Visitors can also observe local village way of life in all its fascinating forms- the architecture, people, animals, the activities and pottery, Bamboo hat making business, cheroot making business, making grinding ground nut oil in traditional way with cow axle. And then, visitors can also do net fishing together with the local fishermen.
In Six Ayeyarwaddy River villages between Mingun and Kyaukmyaung
Community Based Tourism has been implemented in six ayeyarwaddy river villages between Mingun and Kyaukmyaung such as In Daung, Ywar Thit, Myay Sun, Sein Pan Gone, Aye Kyun and Hsin Kyun villages by the permission of the Government of Mandalay Region. Visitors can go there by car to those CBT sites and watch dolphins from Mandalay. Visitors can stay there day-return or overnight. Visitors can amazingly observe in the fishing tour interaction between fishermen and Dolphins only in Myanmar. Moreover, visitors can learn about the villagers’ and fishermen’s livelihood.
Destination Ayeyarwady (Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin)
Ayeyarwaddy River flows down from way up north, having its sources in the glaciers of the eastern Himalayas, until it reaches the Bay of Bengal. Fresh-water Dolphins are found on the Ayeyarwaddy River and called ‘Ayeyarwaddy Dolphins’.
Yearly systematic direct-count surveys conducted in 2002-2010 indicated a population of 87-90 dolphins between Mandalay and Bhamo. Dolphins are generally well-regarded by local people and they provide direct economic benefits to cast-net fishermen via their role in a human-dolphin cooperative fishery. They are vital to the livelihoods of more than 100 fishing families.
Because the cooperative fishery occurs only between Mingun and Kyaukmyaung (about 74km in river length) and the area supports 22-32% of the dolphin population during the dry season, these braided channels were selected as the first area to receive official protected area status.