Built by the villagers of Hsithe, together with the Harrison Institute, the Dolphin Ecolodge Hsithe is made of recycled timber, the pillars, floorings and windows coming from dismantled old houses.
The development of Hsithe Ecolodge has been a key milestone in the development of Community-Based Tourism – CBT in the region, through contributions from visitors allocated to the community, the preservation of the interactive fishing and the conservation of the Ayeyarwady dolphins.
The lodge is part of Destination Ayeyarwady, a multi-award winning destination, and serves both as accommodation for visitors staying overnight in the village and as a learning centre in environmental awareness for children, both rural and urban, villagers, university students and tour guides.
The two-story lodge has a roof made from woven bamboo mats and the upper floor is open with mattresses and mosquito nets provided for those staying overnight. The lodge can accommodate a total of 10 guests maximum.
This wonderful countryside hideaway is next door to the Visitor Centre and is a very special place.
The lodge has a capacity for up to 12 guests. However, to ensure the exclusivity and atmosphere of the stay, we only allow one group (for example a couple, a family, a group of friends, or tour group) to stay at any one time. In this way, the lodge becomes yours for the night.
From the lodge’s verandah, you can watch the ever-interesting river-life, with its rich variety of boats and wildlife. Alternatively, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the village or relax in a hammock marvelling at the breathtaking sunset over the river and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
The accommodation is built in traditional Myanmar style, in harmony with the surrounding environment, and blends effortlessly into the village architecture.
Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are cooked by your village hosts. They are eaten in the visitor centre. A snack of pancakes, honey and fresh lime is available throughout the day.