The Ayeyarwady River (also known as the Irrawaddy River) is the longest river in Myanmar which flows from north to south originating in the Kachin River at the N'mai and Mali River's confluence. The sources of these two rivers are found in the Himalya Glaciers. The Ayeyarwady River has five tributaries, one of which being the Chindwin River.
Although more so in the past the Ayeyarwady river is still used as the main commercial transport route and you can regularly see local barges carrying piles of teak logs. Before motorised barges were used, locals would tie the teak logs together to form a large raft and would float down the river. The Ayeyarwady Rivers connects the famous cities of Mandalay and Bagan with Yangon, the largest and main domestic and international transport hub. Mandalay and Bagan are two popular tourist areas due to their abundance of history. Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and was the previous royal capital. Bagan was home to over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries with around 2,200 remaining.