Burmese Bliss – Myanmar Clay & Culinary Tour – 10 days from A$5,250
Small-group Myanmar pottery tour hosted by ceramic artist, Dianne Turner and Chris Riou, from Newport Travel with a focus on culinary and cultural experiences.
The private 10-day luxury small-group tour, with local Burmese guides, ran from the 2nd to the 11th of April 2019.
Cost $6,450 per person twin share, inclusive of airfares; tour only from A$5,250
Step back in time on this unique, leisurely-paced river-cruise tour as we explore Burma’s ancient capitals and spiritual rural countryside. The tour is a celebration of life in Myanmar, with the focus on food and culture, and the place of pottery within it.
Discover how 2 binding constants – clay and culture – make Myanmar the enchanting country it remains today. Over 100 years ago, Rudyard Kipling wrote of Burma, “It is quite unlike any place you know about”. This is still so true today and definitely a destination to explore before modernisation and over-tourism spread their influence here.
The ancient craft of pottery has been anchored in the daily lives of the Burmese for over 2,000 years, and although plastic, metals and other modern materials are more readily available now in Myanmar, clay and ceramics are still preferred. We'll discover the role that pottery plays in Myanmar in farming and production, spiritual rituals, home-making and cooking.
We'll visit family-run traditional pottery villages to see the use of local techniques to produce water pots, garden pots, spiritual ornaments, toys and cooking utensils.
Food and clay go hand-in-hand and on the tour we will explore the different regional cuisines, including some hands-on home cooking sessions using fresh, regional organic produce. Myanmar’s enigmatic cuisine is one of the most complex and diverse in Southeast Asia, with influences from the bordering countries of Thailand, China, Laos and India, as well as from its European colonial heritage.
Here’s what you'll love about this unique, small-group tour
- We’ll discover the natural, social and cultural influences of modern Myanmar in the 4 very different regions of Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan & Mandalay
- Visit traditional pottery villages where entire families and communities base their livelihood on the production of pottery and ceramics
- Sample the local cuisine and fresh, regional produce at night-time street food markets, family-run restaurants and fine-dining restaurants, including high-tea at Yangon’s iconic Strand Hotel.
- Participate in a number of hands-on cooking classes and presentations in private homes, social enterprises of local communities and even with an awarded head chef aboard a 5-star river-cruise ship.
- Enjoy luxury boutique accommodation with a local flavour, including a 4-day river cruise on the sumptuous Sanctuary Ananda.
- Ultimately, experience the warmth and joy of the Burmese people who welcome us into their land and lives.
You’ll return home from this journey not only with a bagful of wonderful memories, but knowing that, on this sustainable tourism adventure, you have genuinely supported the local cultures and social enterprises that are working towards improving the lives of the local communities.
For more information or to enquire about customising this itinerary for your own private group or family, contact Chris at Newport Travel on 9997 1277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org