All former Kingdoms were built along Ayeyarwady. The river is the life-line of the whole Myanmar people since ever. Many villages along the river still today can only be reached by boat. The mighty Ayeyarwady provides “fresh” water and transport means with many sandbanks and islands in it, making navigation somewhat difficult for larger boats at the end of the dry season. You can do luxurious river cruises or go by ordinary passenger boats as the best way to observe people living on the banks.