Unmissable Experiences in Twante
Artisan traditions preserved and delivering authentic handicraft held in the highest regard,
Twante is much more than a local exploration. Worlds away from Yangon’s city life,
a town drenched in authenticity and Buddhism delivers a breath of fresh air.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Journeying to the pottery and cotton-weaving village of Twante is an experience on its own. Home to an old Mon complex, Twante has had its fair share of destructions through natural disasters yet continues to thrive. The definition of how local life goes on from day to day, in combination with being a small centre for traditional handicraft, cannot be better described when heading out for a full day to Twante when staying overnight in Yangon.
Also, the abundance of suitable red clay near Twante has turned the town into a centre of pottery. Various workshops and small factories use traditional techniques to make vases, pots and other household goods.
08:00 - 15:00
Early morning, our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive to a local boat jetty for the journey by ferry to the small town of Twante (15 minutes by local ferry followed by a 25- kilometres drive by local transportation). The journey in itself is an adventure and affords an excellent opportunity to witness life in the delta and one of the main reasons one should add Twante to their itinerary. We start our journey to see what Twante is well-known for; experience in the rural way of life and visit a traditional pottery workshop where the methods have remained the same for generations. You will see how these are made while wandering through this small town.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we head to one of the main reasons why Twante is just a destination in its own right. The auspicious name of Shwe San Daw (“Golden Hair Relic”) shares its name with several other pagodas across Myanmar all said to contain hairs of the Buddha, yet the Twante version is one of the lesser-known ones. With a design similar to that of Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the 75-metre high the Shwe San Daw Pagoda has taken a more subdued on-the-background position for Buddhist worshippers.
Before returning back to the ‘big city’, an in-depth look in locally revered Buddha images inside this small village, this complements an interesting day in Twante. Our day comes to an end, and we return to Yangon in the same way as we arrived while passing idyllic villages, rice paddy fields and the lush river landscape. If we are lucky, you will glide past fishers in little wooden boats hauling in nets on land, small villages where kids spill out from thatched huts to play, and larger cargo boats steaming towards Yangon. Ideal photo moments for every avid photographer!
Arrival in Yangon will be in the afternoon.