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Yangon Like a Local and Hands-On Pottery Lesson

Product ID: 50051
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Cross the Yangon River by local ferry, and then journey on foot to meet artisans who create pottery using traditional methods and local materials. Get a hands-on lesson about how the crafts are made. Finish with lunch and a spectacular view from a pagoda.
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Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Meet with local pottery artisans and learn about their craft
  • Unleash your inner artist by trying your own hand at a traditional pottery creation
  • Escape the bustle of downtown Yangon and ride across the river by ferry
  • Visit one of Myanmar's highest pagodas and get stellar views of the countryside
  • Get a taste for local flavors with a visit to a popular restaurant and nearby market
Full description
Start your tour of Yangon with a quick walk along city streets that lead down to the riverside and jetty, where you will board a public ferry across the mighty Yangon River. Journey for 10 minutes from one side to the other and get a great view of daily river life.

Then, either travel by private taxi or catch a dyna truck (a pickup truck similar to a songthaew, the shared taxis common to Thailand and Laos). Drive through the countryside as you head towards the town of Twante, where local potters work with traditional tools, kilns and materials. Visit a community of artisans, and see some of their products. Learn how their work is produced, and then participate in a literal hands-on lesson as you test out their traditional pottery methods.

Next, walk uphill for about 20 minutes to reach Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the highest pagodas in Myanmar. Take in the fantastic view of the surrounding area and feel 1,000 years of history at your feet. Then, it’s time for lunch at a popular local restaurant that specializes in vegetarian cuisine. The restaurant is situated close to the local market, and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and explore the area.

End your Yangon adventure with a return ferry ride, but not before your guide has pointed out a few noteworthy sites on the way back. Board the boat to re-cross the Yangon River, and return to downtown Yangon.
Includes
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Ferry crossing
  • Taxi and/or "dyna" truck
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs or extra food and drinks
  • Tips or gratuities for your guide
  • Transportation to and from your hotel

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Meeting point

Independence Monument in Maha Bandula Park, Downtown Yangon.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please be advised that the dress code in Myanmar (Burma) is conservative. Lightweight, long-sleeved clothing is appropriate. Skirts, dresses and shorts should be knee length or below. Wear comfortable walking shoes and check the weather before you leave. Come equipped with sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a raincoat if necessary
• Children must be between 6 and 11 years old inclusively. Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour

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Product ID: 50051