The Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River is a river that flows through Myanmar formerly known as Burma. It is Myanmar's largest river (about 1350 miles or 2170 km long) and the most important commercial waterway, with a drainage area of about 158,700 square miles (411,000 km²).
The Ayeyarwaddy River starts in Kachin State, at the confluence of the Mali Kha and Mai Kha rivers. The western Mali Hka branch arises from the end of the southern Himalayas, north of Putao, and (like the main river) is called Nam Kiu in the Shan language.
The Ayeyarwaddy River bisects the country from north to south and empties through a nine armed delta into the Indian Ocean. The name "Ayeyarwaddy" is believed to have derived from the Sanskrit term "Airavati", meaning "Elephant River".
The Irrawaddy gives its name to a dolphin, "the Irrawaddy dolphin" (Orcaella brevistosus), which is found in the river. Though sometimes called the Irrawaddy River Dolphin, it is not a true river dolphin, since it is also found at sea.
The Ayeyarwaddy Delta Region cover an area of 1000 square miles of waterways and wetlands ans is a one of the most complex river systems on the planet. There are seven main channels flowing down from the Ayeyarwaddy valley and from these several thousands creeks and lesser channels. The two main ports are Yangon, the present day commercial capital and Pathein, the centre for the paddy producers in this area once known as the "Rice Bowl of Asia".
In the delta profuse human activity mixes with a varied selection of wild life and bird life. People live on the river and there is constant activity. The delta towns are attractive and humming with live activities.
RV Mahaythi is the first ever tourist class boat introduced Yangon river sightseeing cruises since 2006 October. It started with day cruise tours to Twante and Yangon River sunset cruises on daily guarantee departure basic. Up on completion of our second vessel RV Mahaythi-02, we have extended our operation by running overnight cruises to Ayeyarwaddy Delta Area on charter basic as well as regular departure basic. Unfortunately, our frist boat was destroyed in May 2008 by Tropical Cyclone Nargis. Then, we have replaced her with two smaller boats named RV Mahaythi-01 and RV Mahaythi-03.
Our fleet currently consists of three boats which can accommodate different numbers of clients comfortably.