Thứ Ba, 8 tháng 1, 2019

Mawlamyine - burma

Spending a few days in Yangon is a splendid chance to understand myanmar citizen and go to its wonderful sites. One of those is having a full day to discover 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 can 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 charming works, admire how young generation is keeping and developing the secret of their family’s traditional workshop. One day in these beautiful towns is worth experience to carry some memories of your beautiful burma 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 street then you may realize 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 be able to be paid by local currency (kyats) as well. The ferry will leave every 20 minutes and will reach the destination at an approximately like time.
Going along the river by ferry will surely take a Burmese local taste to your holiday. Immense by the view scenery, 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 could expect from snack, fruit to bread and egg… ect. Taking the charming photos and feeling the “village smell” should add memories to your trip.
Ferry to Twante Yangon Myanmar

What to notice

Leaving Yangon in about 20 minutes and take a adventure 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:

bring 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 rare thing which can not be found in bustling cities similar Yangon or Mandalay. You will notice chicken, goats and cows are freely crossing the street now and then. Spend some kyats (the local Burmese money) to bring 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 big and modern countries. Go to the fresh fish market of the village and interact with the “local businessman” are also interesting and notable activities.

Belong to burma means there is no place that you cannot adventure without a golden temple. Shwe Sayan Pagoda is a significant landmark of this town. All citizen that coming to this pagoda will pay their respect to the mummified monk in a glass cased for their peaceful life. The spiritual 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 many surprising things

How to get there

There are several ways to reach this boutique workshop village. From Yangon, you can get to to Twante by ferry from Pandosan street (near Strand road) in 2 hours through the Twante Canal. If you are already in Dala, first 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 go to the town:

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

What to see:

George Orwell, in his famous book “Burmese Days” has mentioned Twante as one of his favorite places while living in burma. As a neighbor of Dala on the Ayearewaddy delta river, this town will welcome you with its glamorous agricultural products. Not only that, Twante is known for for its pots, the Shwe san daw Temple or the mysterious snake pagoda.
primary one in the list is the Twante market, you could 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 famous pottery village is Oh-Bo Pottery, visitors may reach there by trishaw by somewhat 300 – 500 kyats (Kyats is burma currency) from Twante market. From now on, you could uncover a whole world from water mugs, pots, vases, water filter, bowls and tremendous 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 final 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 big cities via boat then sold there.
Spend some time to visit 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 well known 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 good life.
Besides, one of the very unlikely 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 big snakes (pythons) are living, there are two nuns who devoted their lives to take care of snakes in diverse sizes. They think that Buddha is protected and kept silent while he listens to his people’s peace and happiness asking.