The Ayeyarwady River, formerly known as Irrawaddy River is a river the country's largest river and most important commercial waterway. Originating from the Himalaya mountain, under the confluence of the N'mai and Mali rivers , it flows relatively straight North-South before emptying through the Irrawaddy Delta into the Andaman Sea. Its drainage area of about 413,000 km² covers a large part of Burma. After Rudyard Kipling's poem, it is sometimes referred to as 'The Road to Mandalay'.
According to legend, two Mon princes from Thaton founded the city of Bago in 573 AD. They saw a female goose standing on the back of a male goose on an island in a huge lake. Believing this was an auspicious omen, the princes built a city called Hanthawady (Pali: Hamsavati) on the edge of the lake.
Bhamo, formally known Sampanago, was the capital of of the now-extinct Shan kingdom of Manmaw. This is the nearest river port to the Chinese which is located 65km far from Yunnan province. Accordingly, the city was an important trading post with the Chinese Empire up to the nineteenth century, when copper coins from China flowed into Burma via Bhamo. The ethnic diversity is composed of Chinese and Shan peoples include different ethnic minorities.
From the bank of the river, you are able to absorb in the exotic comings and goings along the riverfront.
The attractions of Bhamo also boasts beautifully with daily market which draws Lisu, Kachin and Shan tribes from surrounding villages to the ruin of Shan city dated back to the 5th century
Dawei ,formerly known as Tavoy, is a city in southeastern Myanmar and is capital of Tanintharyi Region,on the northern bank of the Dawei River.
This town is made up old wooden and mortar buildings along dusty streets. These parallel streets meet other perpendicular ones forming a grid which makes up a downtown area of Dawei. There is one big shopping center. City Hall building is a very old building built by British.
The core draw of Dawei is the Long Lone fishing villages and the beach of Maungamagan, which is 45 minutes drive from city. In the beach area of Maugamagan, there are full of services along the long, clean, white sand beach with coconut trees.
Besides, Dawei is also famous for its agricultural products include: dried fish, cashnuts, rubber, teakwood and variety of tropical fruits
The lake, ringed with mountain ranges is a haven for waterfowl and other birds, some of which are endangered species. It is the home to the Intha tribal race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water, which is only 20 feet (6 meters) at the deepest. The lake is full of floating vegetation and houses. The lake dwellers are one-legged rowers.