Myaing Community Based Tourism
The place offers different from others such as authentic rural lifestyle of Burma Society which can be seen pure smiles and a warm welcome from people.
RICH NATURAL VILLAGE - MYAING
The Myaing CBT is the first CBT initiated which was officially recognized and approved by the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, Myanmar Government.
Myaing is located in Magway region, 2 hours drive from Bagan. ActionAid Myanmar, a non-governmental organization, initiated the CBT project to showcase rural Burma Culture. The initiative was implicated in 4 villages in Magway: East Kangyi Taw, West Kangyi Taw, Inn Yaung and Suli Pan. There are about 200 houses and its population of over 1000 people in these villages. All revere in Buddhism. They rely on animal husbandry (cow, chicken), weaving, traditional snacks and mostly farmers which grow sunflower, paddy, sesame, peanut, and pigeon peas and etc. The young volunteer group campaign to become plastic free areas in the village around.
Myaing Township does not have tourist attractions like Bagan, and Mandalay which are major tourist cities of Myanmar, but it is an authentic rural lifestyle of Burma Society which can be seen pure smiles and a warm welcome from people. The villages provide a comfortable and convenient stay for tourists. Guest houses are made of traditional building materials bamboo, palm leaves and wood. Dry Zone Development Manager Aung Min Naing from Action Aid Myanmar said “We built these houses as country style bungalows which are more suitable for the rural area and look like the other houses built around here. But we have to build them better than the actual houses of local people. For instance, we built a wooden floor instead of the traditional bamboo floor, apart from that, the basic design is the same as rural housing”.
The community aims to show their friendliness, hospitability, way of life, and way of living. The Myaing CBT members are empowered via skill training such as tour guides, handicraft, and weaving. Cycle around the villages and observe the routines of the locals as well as visiting the impressive 170-year-old monastery near the area. Enjoy to ride a traditional bullock cart which is major transportation and farming toos in dry zone. More than that, taste local delicious cuisine by villagers, paint thanakha on the face, plant trees with own name, can participate in making traditional snacks and enjoy village performance (U Shwe Yoe dance).
One Swiss tourist was interviewed by Mizzma expressed about CBT experience as ‘Actually, this is quite joyful, so much nature and the people are so nice with their smiling faces. We saw how the villagers work and how they solve their problems. As for me, this is a very nice authentic moment’. Tourists have amazing hand-on experiences of authentic local community lifestyle and hospitality.
All in all, villages in Myaing Township’s rich natural assets and cultural lure have the potential to make these places one of the top tourism destinations in Myanmar.
· How to get to Myaing CBT Village
Community-based tourism (CBT) in Myaing, which is far from 78 km from Bagan and 2-hour drive. From Bagan to Myaing CBT Village, you can take only private car.
From Yangon, you can get by plane, Public Bus, Train, Ferry or Private Car. Not all of these goes directly to Myaing village, but through Bagan we have to go further.
· Package Price
The estimated price for the Myaing CBT 2 Days Tour is around $ 200 per person (need to check final price upon booking). For more detail price, please contact us > [email protected]
· How many days to spend in Myaing CBT Village
The two days spent in Myaing village are just enough to see about its natural beauty, rural customs and pleasant environments.
But if you want to spent for three or four days with village life style, we can provide you with the option.