Overview

Twante makes for a nice full-day tour as it is the most accessible delta town from Yangon. A short ride of Dallah ferry from the Pansodan Street Jetty on Strand Road and then a ride in a shared taxi or a bumpy 40-minute ride on a pickup through leafy villages and large pools of water which gives you a nice feel for life on the delta. You can take a ferry from Yangon, which is a slower way, and to get a good look at delta life, you can also opt for a Twante ferry one way and the pickup on the way back. Twante is very famous for its pottery. However, the place is not only about pottery; it still has some pretty decent attractions such as the Shwesandaw Pagoda, which is within walking distance from the pickup stand. This pagoda is a gorgeous smaller copy of Shwedagon Pagoda without the crowds and well worth the trip by itself. The temple is a stupa built by the monks that is more than 1000years old. One corner of this complex is to worship King Bayinaung, who rebelled against the rebels. Near the south entrance of the temple, you will see a century-old Mandalay style bronze Buddha statue.  Explore the natural and cultural beauty of Twante in the Baungdawgyoke Pagoda trip from Yangon. One of the fascinating religious sites, Baungdawgyoke Pagoda, also famous as the Snake Temple, is half an hour along the road towards Twante, which is renowned for its pottery making handled by few folks for several generations. This interesting temple hosts about 50 massive Burmese pythons take care of by nuns. Lying in the middle of a lake full of large fish and other creatures, the temple houses dozens of snakes that slither around on the window sills and shrines. Right next to the lake, while returning to the gate, there is a pagoda hidden from view in a quirky and colorful garden with lots of painted statues, turtles, frogs, and rabbits. This pagoda is unlike any other pagoda you see here, not only the construction of the pagoda but also the Buddha. This is a great place to spend some quiet time.

At Twante local artisan’s workshops, you will get to see their crafts and observe the way they work with traditional tools and kilns. You may also join them for a lesson in the traditional pottery method. Likewise, you can enjoy the gorgeous landscape of Twante and the peacefulness and relaxing atmosphere of the region. There are also serene rural sites and gorgeous villages near the pagoda and around Twante, where you can go for a visit. Even though it is so close to the city, the town feels a world apart with its peaceful, rural vibe.

Enjoy a trishaw ride, visit villages, markets in downtown, and discover the unique pottery workshops on this memorable Twante whole day boat tour. Ride a boat along the waterways of Yangon and get a glimpse of local life on the river and then explore the charming village of Twante, seeing local artisans and bustling markets before traveling back by local trishaw.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Boat Travel

What's excluded?

  • Meals (except lunch)

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Twante

In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a day tour of Twante that involves sampling some of the most delicious foods in Yangon. Your “Explore Twante by Boat” trip begins with a visit to one of the major morning markets where you can see many stalls that sell almost everything from fresh vegetables and fruit to meat and fish, along with a diversity of paste and sauces commonly used to cook Burmese food such as the famous balachung which is a mix of fish paste and chili. While roaming around the market, you will pass vendors selling breakfast delicacies like the donuts and samosas, steamed sticky rice with beans and pancakes. You will notice dozens of noodles stalls in the area where you could stop and taste some of these treats while roaming around. Then, we hop on a vehicle and go for a short drive to another morning market where you will see lots of stalls selling g palata (thick pancakes), flowers, and fruits. Here, you can try some of the local palata or sample an exotic fruit. All the eating might get you thirsty, so we stop at the Maung Aye Tea Shop afterward. Maung Aye Tea Shop is a local’s favorite teahouse that serves snacks and sweet Burmese tea (le phet yay). From here, we head to ShweMyot Taw, an Indian restaurant serving great palata. Our next stop would be PadaukYeik, which is a popular restaurant where you can taste a famous Burmese tea leaf salad. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of tea leaves served with fried beans and nuts, which you can enjoy afterward with fresh fruit juice. Then, we begin our trip to see the pottery workshop and sightsee around the town. You will see many local potteries workshops that use the traditional method to craft earthenware. Then, we pass through rural neighborhoods and meet friendly locals. We visit a traditional pottery workshop where you can see pottery techniques gained from generations. If you like, you can try making a pot with the instruction of the local artisan, which will be a great experience for you. Then, we ride a horse cart to Shwesandaw Pagoda, which is one of the popular tourist destinations in Burma. The pagoda is renowned for its 75 meters high stupa in which the sacred hair of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. Later, we return to Yangon by road through beautiful villages, rice paddies, and river landscapes.

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