Yangon River

The Yangon River (also known as the Rangoon River or Hlaing River) is formed by the confluence of the Pegu and Myitmaka Rivers in Myanmar. It is a marine estuary that runs from Yangon (also known as Rangoon) to the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea. The channel is navigable by ocean-going vessels, thus plays a critical role in the economy of Myanmar.

Yangon River
Hlaing River
Yangon River.jpg
Yangon River
CityYangon (also known as Rangoon)
Physical characteristics
 • location
Andaman Sea
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • locationGulf of Martaban
Coal divers prepare to dive in the Yangon River

The Twante Canal connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta, once known as 'the rice bowl of Asia'. It consists of 1,000 square miles (3,000 km2) of lush teak plantations and mangrove swamps, many of which have now been cleared for rice production.


Coordinates: 16°28′N 96°20′E / 16.467°N 96.333°E / 16.467; 96.333