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6 Days - Wildlife Adventure Trip to Meinmahla Island
Meinmahla Kyun (Meinmahla Island) is an island surrounded by mangrove forests in Myanmar’s southern Ayeyarwady delta. Here are opportunities to see the critically endangered saltwater crocodiles, long-tailed macaques, the Ayeyarwady dolphin and over 100 species of birds. The island is famous for its crocodiles and for being the only place in the delta where we will see these breeding crocodiles.
One of the highlights of a visit to this area is the night safari to see the crocodiles. Another highlight is the fishing villages around Meinmahla Island. Residents here have many stories about the crocodiles and how”U Shin Gyee”(the spirit) protects the fishermen.
Day 1 : Yangon arrival and city explore
We welcome you to the golden land of Myanmar to start your classic adventure. Our adventure starts exploring this biggest city of Myanmar Yangon including Chauk Htet Kyi Reclining Buddha, the third largest one in Myanmar and go to walk around Kandawgyi Park, take pictures of Karaweik Hall and get an amazing distant view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Next, we will go to BogyokeAung San Market where we can see 2,000 sprawling shops of clothes, gemstones, and jewelry, Myanmar traditional arts & crafts and souvenirs. Afterwards, we will walk around the city and drink local tea to learn tea culture of Myanmar People at Local Tea Shop (Optional). Finally, here comes the time for the masterpiece of your first day in Myanmar so let’s go inside the Grand Shwedagon Pagoda in the evening for the most picturesque experience. Later in the evening, we return to our hotel.
Note: Bogyoke Aung San Market is closed on every Monday.
Day 2 : Yangon-Bogalay-Meinmahla Island
Today, at 6:30 am, our driver and guide will pick you up and drive to Bokalay for 4 hours. On arrival in Bogalay, we will enjoy lunch at a good local restaurant which offers delicious Delta foods. After lunch, we will take a boat to Meinmahla Island passing through a vast area of mangrove and fishing villages. On the way, you will have a chance to see how local people fish. After 2 hours of the boat ride, we arrive at Freda Ecolodge which is located among the mangrove trees in the wildlife sanctuary area on ByoneMhway Island. Then, we will take a rest for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, we will explore around the mangrove channels to spot crocodiles and to enjoy a beautiful sunset on boat. After that we will get back to the hotel to stay overnight.
Day 3 : Explore the Meinmahla Island
After breakfast, we will leave for watching Birds. As the island is home to at least 117 species of birds and an important breeding and staging area with the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, you can easily spot numerous migratory waterbirds. If you are lucky, you can even see rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Then, we will get back to Freda for lunch. After taking a rest for about an hour, we will go a short trek.Afterward, we will visit a small fishermen village near “Byonemwe Island” where we can learn the lifestyle of the local. Then, we will enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the river. Next, we will get back to Freda to dine and rest. At night, we will continue spotting crocodiles for about 2 hours with the escort of guides. After the exciting nighttime boat trip, we will get back to Freda and stay overnight.
Day 4 : Explore the Meinmahla Island
After breakfast, we will go to other different channels of Meinmahla Island. We will go to a camp to make “Kayaking there for one hour” and visit the other camp to see the local traditional belief in ”U Shin Gyee” spirit Shrine which is the most important spirit for the fishermen in Myanmar. Then, back to Freda for lunch. On the way, we can see crocodile if the tide is low and long-tailed macaques . After lunch, we will continue the boat trip in search of crocodiles and birds for the rest of the day. The wonderful and peaceful heaven of mangrove will make your daily life different from the hustle and bustle of urban life. After that, we will get back to Freda and relax.
Day 5 : Explore the Meinmahla Island
After early breakfast, we will take the boat to visit “Ga Do Ga Ni “, which is a huge fishermen village and looks like a town. It takes 2 hours to go to the turtle hatchery island in Adman Sea for adventure. Then we will have lunch in a house on the island. After Lunch, we will visit the other island (30 minutes) where a really big fishing village locates and there you can surely learn the daily activities of fishermen and families. We will explore the island including villages and school. And we go back to our turtle island to swim somewhere near our paradise. We will take the boat to go back to Freda for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 : Meinmahla Island-Bogalay-Yangon
After breakfast, we will take a smaller boat to go back to Bogalay and it will take about 4 hours. And we will leave for Yangon. Then, we will be transferred to Yangon International Airport and join the departure flight.
Inclusion And Exclusion
- 5 Nights Hotel Accommodation at the above-mentioned hotel
- 2 Ways Private air conditioning car (Yangon-Bogalay, Bogalay-Yangon)
- Permission for 11 Government organizations of Bogalay and the administrative office of Meinmahla Island
- A standby Chief Memories Creator (guide)
- Experienced Local people for the connection and the general knowledge about the location and the island for 4 days
- Private boat in and around Meinmahla Island
- Life Jackets for the tour
- Water and snow towel on tour
- Entrance fees and zone fees
- Toll fee and fuel charges for car
- Government Tax and Service charges
- Lots of love and smiles
- Tourist visa
- Personal expenses
- Food and beverages ( Except breakfast where mentioned )
- Travel insurance
- Items not mentioned in “Services Included”