With such an array of local crafts produced in Myanmar by the
local people there is a large selection of workshops to visit.
Workshops visited within our excursions include; gold leaf beating,
lacquerware, textile, brick, cheroot and shoe making workshops. It
may feel like a step back in time when visiting these workshops due
to the lack of electric machinery but the wooden and metal
human-powered machinery will not fail to impress.
With 90% of Myanmar's population being followers of the Buddhist
religion and having a large religious past, it is no surprise that
Myanmar is filled with pagodas and monasteries. Pagodas can be
split into two categories, temples and stupas. Temples are those
which you can walk into and within which you will tend to find
statues of Buddha, such as Ananda Temple which has four large
standing Buddhas. Stupas on the other hand are solid structures,
such as the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.
Within all of our itineraries you will have the opportunity to
engage with the local people as our guides accompany you into
villages. Within these villages you will be able to watch the
processes behind local crafts, visit markets and see the selection
of fruit and vegetables which are traded, take a look at villager's
houses and get an inside look at how the Myanmar people live their
Monasteries, like pagodas, are a common sight in Myanmar and you
will frequently see monks dressed in red robes and nuns dressed in
pink robes, both with their heads fully shaven. Whether for a few
months or years, or even 50 years, most men in Myanmar will have
stayed and lived a religious life in a monastery. Unlike the
Catholic monks and nuns, Buddhist monks and nuns are not required
to submit their lives to the monastery lifestyle. Monks and nuns
eat just twice a day, breakfast at around dawn and lunch at about
midday or a little earlier. In the early morning you may see them
walking around markets and houses in order to collect food from
their neighbours and sponsors. Monasteries are funded by generous
people who donate money towards the upkeep of the buildings.