Morning pick up at hotel around 07:00hours and transfer to Warden jetty. From Warden Jetty, take the Z craft with the car to Dalla across the Yangon river. (Boat trip will take approximately 20 minutes). After crossing the river, continue to Kyaikthale Village (on the way to Twante). Kyaikthale village is home to the Mingalar Bio Garden, nearly 6-acres plot of fertile land that was turned into an essential hotspot for vegetable production shortly after the Cyclone Nargis disaster in 2008. The main beneficiary of the nutrient rich food grown here is a nearby monastic school, home to over 800 students. The aftermath of the cyclone led to severe food shortage and the residents of the monastic school were forced to live off basic staples such as rice and cooking oil, which of course led to the students being severely malnourished. In a bid to provide essential nutrients to the resident?s diet, the Mingalar Bio Garden was established and to this day, it continues to play a vital and cost effective role to the school?s food provisions. On arrival into to Kyaikthale village, this morning guests will receive a warm welcome at the community lodge. A talk will then be provided by the community leader to explain more about the village and the people the project currently supports. This will be followed by lunch and an exploration of the village. This will be a great opportunity to learn about local industry, including bamboo basket weaving and sewing. Dinner will be provided at the community lodge. Accommodation at Kyaikthale village community house.
Start the day with by making a food offering to the local monks as they go about collecting their alms. After carrying out your day's "good deed", we will then return to the Community Lodge for breakfast. Shortly after, we will explore the fields of the local farming community to learn about the creation of natural fertiliser, the cultivation of crops and poultry farming. Assuming you've worked up an appetite, we will then enjoy a Myanmar cooking class, using some of the produce sourced from the field. For those we do not wish to join this, or have not worked up an appetite, it will be possible to take part in a tree planting initiative. Lunch will be served at the village. After lunch you can drive to the Phayargyi, where it will be possible to learn about traditional pottery making techniques at the long village's 15th century kiln site. Should you wish, we will later stop off at the Mingalar monastic school to greet the children. During your visit, it will be possible for you to hand over the vegetables sourced from the bio-garden to make sure they enjoy a nutritious meal. On the way to Twante, it is possible to stop off at the century old Hindu temple at San Village. If you are still keen to learn even more about traditional pottery making techniques, the Twante pottery village can also be visited on your way back to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to hotel.
Our tour prices are included of:
All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
Transfers and tours with English-speaking guide
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Accommodation at Kyaikthale village community house
Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour
Not included are:
Myanmar visa fee
Surcharges for other languages
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Drinks with meals
Peak season in general is between 13-17 April
Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)