Destination Asia Myanmar office (sales, reservation, Operations and accounting teams), recently returned from their annual staff outing. The adventurous expedition takes place every year over a week-end, bringing the team together – a reward after an intense high season (and the chance to take another inspection trip!). Last year the trip was to Ngapali beach. This year the team discovered interesting aspects of Bagan that are often overlooked, most notably, the unique crafts of villages surrounding the main site.
Between 30-60 minutes’ drive from the archeological site where over 3000 temples and pagodas stand, it is possible to get a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of villagers, each with their unique trade. Over the course of two days the team visited a bullock cart wheel maker, soy paste workshop in a local home, cane and rattan basket weavers, women producing colorful cotton blankets, a cheroot factory (the local cigar), leather slipper makers and thanaka trade in a monastery (the local cosmetic produced from wood bark). As always, the outing provided great insight into many of the unique and enchanting aspects of life in Myanmar.