Dala, Township in Myanmar


Dala is a small township located to the South of the Yangon River across from downtown Yangon, Myanmar. Dala is a perfect tourist spot for a day trip from Yangon. The township, made up of 23 wards and 23 village track, is bounded by the Yangon river in the north and east, the Twante Canal in the west, and Twante Township in the south. A visit to Dala village is perfect for those who want to explore simple Burmese village life and need a change of scenery from Myanmar’s touristy spots. The quickest way to go Dala is from the Pansodan ferry terminal about the 10-minute ferry across the river from downtown Yangon. Dala offers the opportunity to see a regular and authentic Burmese town going through its daily routine. There are three main sights that tourists typically come to see while in Dala. The Shwe Sayan Pagoda, Fishing Village and Bamboo Village. The Fisherman’s village is located along the banks of Dala river.

You can take the local Ferry from Pansodan Jetty. On the Ferry, you can feel the river view. The Ferry isn’t luxury but good enough to amuse. If you are a foreigner, purchasing the foreigner ticket was the first obstacle. The short ferry ride from Yangon to Dala provides a welcome breeze during the hot season. The ferry serving the hundreds of locals who commute from Dala to Yangon each day. It’s a great opportunity to see how day to day commerce takes place with many of those living in Dala, working in Yangon. The ferry leaves for Dala every 20 minutes and the journey takes not more than 20 minutes. The ferry ride will be your first insight as to what daily life is like in this town. If you stay by the river in Yangon you will see colourful small boats driving back and forth all day. Motorbikes, trishaws, hawkers, tourists and commuters help to create a lively scene on the ferry across the Yangon River. You can take a walk around Dala and enjoy the local life of Burmese people and you can also take a rickshaw ride to see around the town. The township is still largely rural and undeveloped mainly because it still lacks a bridge across the Yangon River, with connections between the township and the city being by ferry only until a bridge to Dalla to Yangon is completed in 2020. There is also a local market, selling the vegetables, Flowers, Fishes, Meats and also local products.

Dala is a small town but there have many pagodas and monasteries. Shwe San Yan Pagodas, Yarza Thingyan Pagoda, Moe Kaung pagodas etc. You can visit Pyaw Bwe Gyi village from Dala were to see the Ancient  Monastery and black-smith working site and lifestyle of dwelling people and visit Kyaik Danote Pagoda in Danote Village. You will see the natural scenery. Dala is not a famous place but the site of locals, market, monastery, and farmland will make you please your eyes.