Sunset boat cruise

Sunset boat cruise

A lovely few hours

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For something a bit different at the end of the day, why not try a sunset boat cruise on the Rangoon River? There’s no really spectacular sites as such — apart from the sunset itself if you’re lucky — but it does give a different vantage point over downtown Yangon and the waterfront area. Boating down the bustling river at rush-hour with views across the port to distant Shwedagon on one side and the mangroves and shanties to the south while tossing tit-bits at passing gulls and sipping a cold one is a great way to spend a few hours in our books (or, as it were, on our website).

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Sunset on the Rangoon River

Sunset on the Rangoon River.

Several outfits offer similar cruises. Itineraries and times vary slightly but basically you board a boat at the Botataung Jetty (not far from the Strand Hotel) at around 16:30 and do a leisurely return voyage up and down the river, dodging the commuter boats and water-taxis, for a couple of hours or so before returning to your point of departure.

Shwedagon behind the dockside

Shwedagon behind the dockside.

Prices also vary considerably, with tickets sold for anything between $20 and $50 per person depending upon the boat and route — some include a drink and snacks too. Dora is the top of the range option, with a very classy boat and white-shirted waiters to whom we paid a fairly hefty $50 for the luxury version. Royal Green Line is a more reasonable $20 to $25. There seems to be some more fly-by-night operators around too — or least, some companies only run boats during high season, others just weekends, some only when they have a minimum number of passengers and so on. Check with your hotel or just wander down to the jetty late afternoon to check out the current options.

Rangoon sunset seagull

Rangoon sunset seagull.

All will sell cold drinks and — importantly — bags of bird food!

Contact details for Sunset boat cruise

Admission: $20-50

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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