Saturday, August 31, 2013

From Yangon a Sunset Cruise or by ferry to Twante

Yangon Sunset Cruise on Dora: This ist daily offered by Myanmar River Cruises for 30 USD/person on the ship Dora, but leaves only with a minimum of 10 passengers. Departs at 4.15 om from Bohtataung jetty 4. You observe the Lighthouse of the Twante Canal and see the Shwedagon Pagoda from a different perspective.

Twante Cruise on Dora: The ship Dora departs from Bohtataung Hetty, you board at 7:45 am. The cruise will take 6.5 hours by Twante canal, which connects the Yangon river to the Irrawaddy River. Twante lies 25 km southwest from Yangon and is known for its pottery business. Along the river you will see the rural and delta life (video). In Twante you can also visit Shwe Sandaw Pagoda, that has been built by the Mon. A slower and less costly way is by ferry from Yangon (2 hours, US$1). Or you can do one way be the ferry from Yangon to Dallah and from here by pickup bus to Twante. If you have your own transport, for example a motorbikerider, you may ask him to show you the pagoda with the snakes - Baungdawgyoke Pagoda - in the middle of a small like, where nuns are keeping pythons. It is situated off the Dala-Twante road, about 5 miles east of Twante. And it has been described by Time Travel Turtle.

Picture by nkenji
Ferry in Twante

In Twante you find about a dozen of major potteries and a lot of private households doing pottery as well. Clay is brought in from nearby villages and potters manipulate it into the required consistency. Laborers fashion the clay by hand into various shapes, they do it in teams of two: one looks after the spinning on the wheel, the other is responsible for the moulding. Afterwards the completed piece of pottery is left to dry in the sun and then fired for up to two days.

Picture by kenner116

Picture by kenner116
Shwe Sandaw Pagoda in Twante

More Cruises from Yangon:
Tour to Wayonseit village: From Botahtaung Jetty at 7.45 am. From Yangon River down the Pan Hlaing River to the village Wayonseit, visit to monastic education. Two days/one night to Maletto, Maubin and Twante, trough Irrawaddy Delta:Maubin, 1879 by British colonial rulers, is the district city of Irrawaddy Division. You see there some old colonial buildings. See picture of Pharkit Pagoda in Maubin. You will sleep on the boat.

Read more:
The Yangon Heritage Walking Tour: See old Rangoon before too much ist lost
Shwedagon Pagoda Impressions
Yangon Hotel Picks
Yangon Restaurant Picks
Chinatown in Yangon: Temples and a Nightmarket full of flavours
Myanmars ex Spy Chief opens an Art Gallery

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