Life on the Tanintharyi River
The Tanintharyi River, a major river in Southern Myanmar flows past the town of Tanintharyi, a sleepy town nestled in the mountains, and enters the sea at Mergui. The area is home to ethnic groups, old trading posts and ancient culture…
Experience the beauty of this untouched area on our tour, The People and Villages of the Tanintharyi River. Cruise along the Tanintharyi River, walk inside a unique reclining Buddha on Pahtet Island, and admire the views from the top of the ancient town of Tanintharyi.
A wooden boat will take us over to Pahtet Island, home to a unique 66-metre-long reclining Buddha. What makes this so unusual is that it’s entirely hollow. We can walk inside to see comic-strip-like stories of the Buddha’s past lives.
The boat will continue down the Tanintharyi River, once the main trading channel between India, Thailand and China during the 16th to 18th centuries. Stops at several villages will give us the chance to see how the villagers live and watch them weaving mats and repairing their fishing nets.
After a delicious village lunch of seafood, we will head towards the ancient town of Tanintharyi to see the ‘Sacrificed Stone Pillar of Ma Aung Thar’ and hear about the guardian lady of the town. We will also take a close look at the town’s traditional dragon racing boat. After a visit to the pagoda at the top of the mountain we will return to Myeik.