Inside Burma Tours

Dolphin-spotting & traditional fishing in Hsithe

Travel to a small village in the countryside to try your hand at fishing and perhaps even spot an Irrawaddy dolphin.

About three hours by road and boat from Mandalay, the village of Hsithe is a wonderful place to learn about rural life in Burma. On arrival, you'll meet the local fishermen and watch a live demonstration of their characteristic net-throwing technique - before having the chance to try it yourself! (Trust us, it's harder than it looks).

Fishing is Hsithe's main industry, but after a picnic lunch in the village you'll also see plenty of other activities going on - including peanut and rice farming, cigar rolling, jam-making, peanut oil production and the sewing of tailored clothes and fishing nets. With a local resident as your guide, you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn more about these cottage industries. This is also a great place to pick up authentic souvenirs, from carved dolphins to mango jam and cheroots, as all the produce on sale here is produced in the village by hand.

Finally, don't forget to keep your eyes peeled today for the local bird life (binoculars and bird identification sheets are available from the Visitors' Centre) and a sighting of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins who still call these waters home!

Dolphin-spotting & traditional fishing in Hsithe

located in Mandalay

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