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Highlights of SE Asia’s Last Wild River

February 15, 2016 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under:

The Salween River is one of the most important rivers in Myanmar. Originating in the eastern highlands of the Tibetan Plateau and slowly winding south through Yunnan Province China, Myanmar and Thailand, this major river of Southeast Asia is part of a World Heritage Site due to the ecological diversity of its watershed. It is also the last undammed major river in the region.

Khiri Travel offers a fantastic boat journey down the Salween, called Thanlwin in Myanmar. We board a private boat in order to be as close as possible to all the happenings on and around the river. As the river is quite narrow, we have excellent views of life on the riverbanks. We stop in Pa Lin Village for a walk around this local community that is inhabited by a vibrant ethnic mix of Kayin, Shan, Mon, Bamar and PaO people.

The next stop on the river is a small jetty at U Na Auk Village to visit a temple decorated with amazing carvings. The village’s namesake, Mr Na Auk, donated the ordination hall of the temple. A trader from the Mon ethnic minority during the British colonial period, Mr Na Auk was famous for his shrewd business skills trading with the big British companies.

The Thanlwin was an important trade route before modern transportation and was a big factor in the trading successes of Mr Na Auk. The villages and towns nestled along the Thanlwin River are still highly dependent on the river as a vital natural resource. Interesting people, dramatic topography and rich culture make a Salween River journey a highlight of any visit to this region of Myanmar.

Upon reaching the city of Mawlamyine in Mon State, the Thanlwin River fans out over a wide delta interspersed with many islands and sandbanks before flowing into the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea.

For more information about boat journeys through the scenic beauty of the Salween River in Myanmar, please contact to [email protected]

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