Irrawaddy River Delta

The delta which opens into th Andaman Sea is a vast area of wetland, streams, paddy fields and people who virtually live above the water. In the rainy season they use the canoes and the other time walking, the bus, a bike or a car is at the program. The people are very good adapted to this environment since this is the normality, only once in a few decades this get out of control like during the Nagis typhoon.

The delta spans from the very west at Bassein

or Pathein to the very east at Bago or Pegu. Bago was once often used by the Portuguese for trade, ship repair and trying to fetch the best rubies. Pathein or Bassein on the other side was a English colonial domain at the sea similar to Yangon or Rangoon.

At Pathein there is even still a hotel which was built under the English, it’s  quite rotten since then in particular because it fall under state control during the the mad communists who never did any maintenance, repair or whatever. Crossing the wider streams of the delta always needs a ferry, at the whole ride from outer Yangon to the west coast are countless creeks but only a handful of bridges and the road is also quite bad.

Considering that this is the only connection from the main city in the country to the west coast is clearly visible that the people concerned just neglect the whole. Only in recent years they started at least to put some attention to this because the people in Yangon who have some money discovered Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung as beach destination, there are plenty of beach resorts, cottages and other accommodations there.
Irrawaddy Delta Ship
Island Monastery at Bago
Island Monastery at Bago
Rice Ships
Rice Ships
Irrawaddy Delta People
Irrawaddy Delta People
Delta Monastery at Pazungdaung Creek
Delta Monastery at Pazungdaung Creek
River monastery at Syriam Yangon
River monastery at Syriam Yangon
Storm coming
Delta life
delta life at Bago
Irrawaddy Delta Ferry
Irrawaddy Delta Ferry
Happy Buffaloes at Irrawaddy River
Irrawaddy Delta Beach
Beach
at Pathein