Port / river area., Rangoon
I love rivers. I live near a large river. I particularly love Asian rivers (the Mekong is probably my favourite), so you can imagine I gravitated fairly quickly towards the Ayearawaddy (Irrawaddy) when I got to Yangon (Rangoon). This particular river really is the main artery of the country, providing a transport infrastructure and livlihood for countless thousands of Burmese people. The tmeporary "islands" created by the annual floods are tilled as arable land by the industrious river people and fishing provides another source of income. In Yangon, the river is bustling with life - it is a major port, after all, and is well worth a walk along.
Like most places in Asia (rivers included), it is probably seen to best advantage at sunset (another thing I've got a fixation with), and, although the photos perhaps don't really do it justice, it really is quite magical.
Access isn't available all over, and the best places are either at the ferry port opposite the Strand Hotel, or else walk down by the Botatuang Paya (see seperate tip) where you can view the local people crowding onto ferries for their various journeys home.
This really is worth doing at least one evening.
This river also known as the Hlaing river, is formed by the confluence of the Pegu and Mytmaka rivers, it´s a natural estuary or delta that runs from the city into the gulf of Martaban. It´s also connected to the Irrawady Delta ( sadly famous for the Nargis cyclone, the second.deadliest cyclone in recorded history, almost 85,000 people were killed and 50,000 people were missing). The river dock offers some picturesque views of how is life in the river.
A different experience is a visit to the Port, it brought me back memories of how i imagined that a port in Sotheast Asia would be...Old ships unloading rice or spices carried by porters. The port of Yangon is located on the banks of the Yangon river (about 32 kms inlandfrom the Gulf of Martaban), it´s Myanmar´s premier port, handling almost 90% of the country foreign trade.