A copy of the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India, where the Buddha gained enlightenment, lies near the town.
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Picked up and transfer you to a wharf on the Yangon River, cross the Yangon River by public boat (it takes 15 minutes), It is very relaxing and enjoying the views of the fishermen, villages and small rowboats ferrying passengers and goods along the water. Then drive 24 km on the scenic road to Twante.On arrival in Twante, explore this peaceful town which is known for its pottery. You will see many local potteries using traditional methods to craft earthenware, pass by rural neighborhoods and meet friendly locals. Visit a traditional pottery workshop, where the methods have remained over generations to generations. You also enjoy a horse cart ride here. Then proceed to Shwesandaw Pagoda with it is 75 meters high stupa before returning to Yangon by road through idyllic villages, rice paddies and river landscapes. Return to Yangon around 15:30. Trip ends
Cross the Yangon River by local ferry (10 minutes). Upon arrival on the other side, trishaw drivers will take you on country roads through local villages to a monastic school. Here you can meet the children and talk to the teachers (with help of your guide). The head monk do all they can with very limited funds to create a good life for the children, and if you care to make a donation while you are here it will be welcomed for the purchase of school books, blankets, rice, clothing etc. The children are delighted to meet foreigners, and these encounters can be very rewarding for visitors. Next visit is to Chu Chu Workshop, you will see how the plastic bags from the garbage are turned into useful products. Chu Chu members gather plastic bags from the dumping sites and markets in Yangon and work to develop new designs that meet the local and international market demand. Then take taxi, a 45 minutes’ drive by local taxi will take you to Twante. At one point you will see the famous Twante Canal, the narrow waterway constructed in 1883 to connect the Yangon and Ayeyarwady Rivers, and still in use today. In Twante, after a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda, take a trishaw to the pottery area where a large part of the population is engaged in pottery production. Walk through the many workshops and observe this very traditional craft. A stroll through the local market should not be missed and a walk to the river side to see how the goods are loaded into the boats. On your way back to the ferry enjoy the views of real local rural life – nothing like the busy streets of Yangon on other side of the river. Return to Yangon.
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 and another 25 kilometers 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 travel with us to Twante.We start our journey to see what Twante is well-known for; an experience in the rural way of life and visit a traditional pottery workshop where the methods have remained the same for generations. Twante is well known for its red clay pottery and we will see how these are made while wandering through this small town. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.Proceed to Shwesandaw Pagoda with it is 75 meters high spire. The Pagoda has a Mon-built stupa and is claimed to be over 2500 years old. Legend tells that there are two hair relics of the Lord Buddha inside the stupa itself. Together with a century-old sitting bronze Buddha (following the style of Mandalay) and some older Buddha images around the complex, this makes an interesting stop in Twante.Our day comes to an end and we return back 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.