This is Community Based Tourism and PPIC Award Winner on 2016. Nyan Lin Aung as a man who was born and grown up at Thonesepay village has many ideas how to promote the village life. He is a tour guide and also he founded Travel Company and has been arranging thousand wonderful tours for several clients. Moreover he has searched what is the best way to promote his native village. Recently he has introduced this product and started to bring his clients there as a guide and organized this project strong with villagers. By touring this cooking class for a day, the clients will see everything. They will be recalling this memory forever and they can tell that they have been to Myanmar and have enjoyed life here with Myanmar people.
Intention and social activities of our company
Thonesepay is situated by the Irrawaddy river, it gets flood every monsoon July to September. Therefore, transportation to Mandalay is very limited, it is available path ways to villages around and Mandalay in open season but boats could be only used in monsoon because the village gets flooded. After flooded time, foot paths are only possible way to go cause of mud. Therefore the village has no purified drinking water and the people have to go and fetch the water from the river or get it from the tube well.So the villagers need to know about concept of health the whole year. Recently our company has run to get under ground water. By doing cooking class in this village the villagers can get job opportunity and can get high income. Those ways we will prohibit the problem of post migrate to the city.
The village has no electricity because it is far from Mandalay so they normally have to use battery light, candle light and very limited solar power at night.Our company donated solar lamp posts along the village road for filling the light requirement.
The local fishermen’s fishing method is amazing and it is a Myanmar ordinary method. Thelocal fishermen and the dolphins cooperate to catch fish. Recently the fishing method of electric shock has threatened all living things in the river. Therefore at present, we are cooperating with NGOs to not allow electric fishing in the Irrawaddy River where Dolphins- that almost extinction- are living.Nyan Lin Aung
Whole day Cooking Class Program
The program of cooking class is after negotiating everything with our clients, after breakfast at hotel we starts our activities with our guide and driver picking the clients up from the hotel, going to the market, buying foodstuffs. Then our team goes to jetty and joins the boat waiting for us. And disembark at Thonesepay village it takes about 90 minutes. Ox cart driver will escort us to meet the local chiefs and organize for lunch. There is a small farm in the compound of class so we can pick up fresh vegetable, herbs and spices to get ingredients. We both select recipe based on menu and cook together under the controlling of our expert chef after that share lunch experience on table Mannering. After you enjoy the lunch you have cooked, you will have time to explore the village with your guide. You will observe the making of local products, see some plantations, and visit a 200-year-old monastery. After the village visit, you will get back on the boat and head to Mandalay, stopping en route at Mingun, where you can see The World’s Biggest Bell, Phahtotawgyi pagoda (the “unfinished pagoda”) and Myatheindan Pagoda. Be overnight at Mandalay.
Cooking Class: No 008/117 , U Kin Maung house , Thonezepay village , Madaya Township , Mandalay , Myanmar
Office address is No Dha 5/41 , 66th street between 41 st and 42nd road , Mahamyine township, Mandalay , Myanmar. 100103