Gyaing River

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Gyaing River[1]) is a river of Kayin State and Mon State, in southeastern Burma (Myanmar). Its two major tributaries, the Hlaingbwe River and the Haungtharaw River, flow together to form the Gyaing[2] at 16°36′12″N 98°00′25″E / 16.60333°N 98.00694°E / 16.60333; 98.00694.[3] It is about 45 miles long[2] and flows into the Salween River immediately above Moulmein, at 16°30′55″N 97°37′36″E / 16.51528°N 97.62667°E / 16.51528; 97.62667 (its mouth).[3]

The Gyaing is a wide river, but quite shallow with numerous sandbars.[2] It is navigable by smaller boats all year long.[2] Important towns and villages along its banks include Gadoe (Kado), Zathabyin (Zathabyeng),[4] Kalagong, Kawbein, Peinnegon,[5] Tarana[6] and Damathat (Dhammatha). The up-stream Gyaing forms part of the border between Hpa-an District and Kawkareik District of Kayin State, and downstream is the border between Kayin State and Mon State.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Map of Kayin State" Myanmar's net
  2. ^ a b c d Hunter, William Wilson (1881) The Imperial Gazetteer of India page 497, OCLC 278111153
  3. ^ a b "Burma 1:250,000 topographic map, Series U542, Moulmein, NE 47-14" U.S. Army Map Service, December 1959
  4. ^ "Zathabyin Map — Satellite Images of Zathabyin" Maplandia World Gazetteer
  5. ^ "Peinnegon Map — Satellite Images of Peinnegon" Maplandia World Gazetteer
  6. ^ "Tarana Map — Satellite Images of Tarana" Maplandia World Gazetteer

Further reading[edit]

  • Finch, Roger (2006) "Journey up the Gyaing" Stations of the Sun Somerset Hall Press, Boston, Massachusetts, page 91, ISBN 0-9774610-3-3; poem