Mawlamyine - myanmar

Spending a few days in Yangon is a good chance to understand burma people and visit its good sites. One of those is having a full day to find out the lives by Ayeyarwaddy River in Dala and Twante.

If Dala - about 40km from Yangon - is one of the most joyful villages of myanmar (Burma), where you could experience the life on motorcycle, the friendliness of vendors on the road and the cheerful eyes of children, Twante is the traditional pottery handicraft of this country, where you can learn about the skillful people and their beautiful works, admire how young generation is keeping and developing the secret of their family’s traditional workshop. One day in these pretty towns is worth experience to take some memories of your pretty myanmar holiday back home.

Dala – How the lives get on by the Ayeyarwaddy River?

How to get there:

Being a small town in the South of Yangon river, the trip to Dala starts by taking the jetty at Pansadon road. Walking to the finish of the road then you could find the local jetty which is ready to depart at any time of the day. Foreigners may buy the ticker at the booth near the jetty, the price is about $4/pax/two ways, which can be paid by local currency (kyats) as well. The ferry will leave every 20 minutes and will reach the site at an approximately like time.
Going along the river by ferry will surely carry a Burmese local taste to your holiday. Immense by the sight spectacle, amazed by the fact that local vendors will try to sell almost everything hand-made to customers with the warmest smile and brightest eyes. You can wait from snack, fruit to bread and egg… ect. Taking the beautiful photos and feeling the “village smell” should add memories to your trip.
Ferry to Twante Yangon Myanmar

What to see

Leaving Yangon in about 20 minutes and bring a journey in Dala for 2 – 3 hours in the afternoon is an excellent adjustment of the day. There are a lot of things recommended in this town:

carry a walk around Dala, there is a mix of harsh, dusty dirt roads and the piles of animal walking through streets to streets. This is the unusual thing which can not be found in busy cities like Yangon or Mandalay. You will see chicken, goats and cows are freely crossing the street now and then. Spend some kyats (the local Burmese money) to carry a trishaw ride and relax being a farmer. Trishaw is one of the most common means of transportation in here. Riding by trishaw, watching authentic rural life, looking at the young kid slowly pass-by is something that has been lost in the broad and modern countries. Travel the fresh fish market of the village and interact with the “local businessman” are also interesting and notable activities.

Belong to myanmar means there is no place that you cannot get to without a golden temple. Shwe Sayan Pagoda is a significant landmark of this town. All people that coming to this pagoda will pay their respect to the mummified monk in a glass cased for their quiet life. The sacred Buddha has been taking care of the whole town for around 150 years and surely more to come. The legend has said 10 – 12 years ago, he has warned the villagers about a coming cyclone from Thailand.

Twante – Not only a pottery village but also a town of numerous surprising things

How to get there

There are several ways to reach this boutique workshop village. From Yangon, you can travel to Twante by ferry from Pandosan road (near Strand road) in 2 hours through the Twante Canal. If you are already in Dala, primary bring the ferry at Dala in 10 minutes then 45 minutes by car via Twante Bridge. All in all, reaching this town is as easy as it said.

How to adventure the town:

Not like Yangon, where the only means of transportation is by bus or taxi, reaching small towns like Twante of Dala, you can experience from bicycle to motorbike to trishaw, local minibus, large bus and taxi (if you do not visit with the individual car), and a mix of them. If you ever try on bus, you will find that each bus will contain a ‘conductor’, who may speak some Burmese-English, will collect the money on hand and shout out the site. It would be an interesting experience.

What to see:

George Orwell, in his well known book “Burmese Days” has mentioned Twante as one of his favorite places while living in myanmar. As a neighbor of Dala on the Ayearewaddy delta river, this town will welcome you with its rich agricultural products. Not only that, Twante is well known for its pots, the Shwe san daw Temple or the mysterious snake pagoda.
original one in the list is the Twante market, you can buy most of the local products in here, from tropical fruits to quail eggs to local powder and other goods. Citizen will normally hang their products on any type of vehicle and carriers, on bicycle, on boat, or even on their head….
The most renowned pottery village is Oh-Bo Pottery, visitors be able to reach there by trishaw by somewhat 300 – 500 kyats (Kyats is myanmar currency) from Twante market. From now on, you be able to uncover a whole world from water mugs, pots, vases, water filter, bowls and many more. Almost everyone in a family will together handle the work by hand in each step. There is no machine but everything has been finished manually, from collecting the raw material, building to proper objects to firing and drying process. Although there is no paint or color on the last product but there are carvings and sculpting vases and pots which reveal the skills of those native artists. The products, after that, will be shipped to Yangon or other grand cities via boat then sold there.
Spend some time to go to Shwe san daw Pagoda (Shwe san daw means “the temple of golden hair”), a perfectly smaller duplicate of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. There are only four temples in myanmar own the name Shwesandaw (one in Yangon, one in Bagan – the most known for one, one in Pyay which is approximately 300km to the north of Yangon and one in Twante). The temple embraces two strands of hair of Buddha and is where all local citizen in Ayearewaddy regions come to pray for splendid life.
Besides, one of the very rare sites in Twante is the Snake Temple, which would clearly encourage our adventurous tourists. The Snake Temple is located in the middle of the lake which is 4 – 5 km from Twante. The pagoda is where the grand snakes (pythons) are living, there are two nuns who devoted their lives to take care of snakes in various sizes. They believe that Buddha is protected and kept silent while he listens to his people’s peace and happiness asking.

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