A typical small Ayeyarwady Delta town known primarily for its pottery, Twante is an easy day trip from Yangon and makes a good introduction to the region. Buses and Jeeps leave for the town at regular intervals from Dalah, on the south bank of the Yangon River, which may be crossed by a short but enjoyable ferry ride from the Pansodan Jetty on Strand Road.
Stacked with a range of goods in various stages of completion, the pottery workshops lining Twante’s canals are hard to miss, and their staff delight in guiding visitors through the manufacturing process. The town’s other main sight is the 11th-century Shwesandaw Pagoda on its southern out- skirts. The stupa is said to enshrine hairs of the Buddha. Although Twante was one of the worst-hit areas during Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, the pagoda came through the violent storm unscathed, unlike many of the other reli gious monuments in the town.