Katha (Photo:Joakim Lloyd Raboff/Shutterstock)
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Cruise Critic Staff

Shore Excursions

Katha features shore excursions that cover an array of landmarks, activities and experience.

Port of Katha

Katha is located at the northern end of the Irrawaddy River. Passengers who stop here visit the village's large and chaotic market, which is within walking distance of where the river cruise ship ties up. Here, merchants peddle fresh meats, fish, spices and flowers, along with dishes, pottery and other sundries. Residents shop the market twice a day so they have fresh ingredients for meals, but tourists can find handcrafted souvenirs at great prices. Watching locals barter, slice fish and create staples like fish paste is a sight not to be missed.

A visit to Katha might also include a journey to a nearby elephant camp, about a 30-minute drive from the town. Baby elephants, their nursing mothers and elephants retired from teak logging live here, along with their "oozies" (handlers who spend their lives with the elephants, often from the time they are young boys).

About Katha


Pro

A visit to Katha's large produce and craft market offers an authentic taste of Burmese culture

Con

This isn't a tourist-centric city and you shouldn't expect to encounter many English speakers

Bottom Line

Katha is a place to wander around and observe the locals go about their daily lives


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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency in Katha is the kyat.

Language

The language in Katha is Burmese.


--By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor