Unmissable Experiences in Twante

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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Unmissable Experiences in Twante

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Ferry crossing tickets from and to Yangon
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Yangon’s central business district. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District, cruise ports and Yangon’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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