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Farming on the Irrawaddy

A great deal of agriculture takes place on the banks of the river.

Note the absence of mechanized equipment. In 10 days travelling on the river there were no tractors seen working the fields. All the work appeared to be done by hand, using oxen for the heavier tasks.

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Navigation on the Irrawaddy

Where to take the boat?

Where to Go

The River is full of navigational hazards and keeps changing from week to week and day to day. The channels are continually changing and fixed navigational markers are next to impossible. Dredged channels disappear quickly.

River levels can vary by 30 feet depending on rainfall and time of year.

A tricky challenge for the Captain at the best of times.

 

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Morning at Pyay

Our cruise on the Irrawaddy River began at Pyay where we woke and watched morning come to the river. Activity began early, before the heat of the day.

The ever-present haze presages another very hot day, but for now the relative cool of the night will continue for another couple of hours.

There is a quiet calm in this country at dawn, a brief respite before the busy activity of chasing the necessities of life. The river is never as busy as the towns, even though it is an aquatic highway leading to the heart of the country.

 

 

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Irrawaddy River Sunrise

The opportunity to make photographs of sunrise and sunset happens every day on a river cruise. To resist is futile.

Irrawaddy Sunrise I

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