Orge Island [Belu Kyun]
- Published on 10 July 2013
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The villages that dot the island are home to expert craftsmen now, and their ability to transform raw goods into daily necessities is well worth a visit.
In modern times, these cottage workshops also produce more recognizable items such as pens and rubber bands (sourced from nearby plantations).
One particular village, Ywa Loot, is not to be missed as its craftsmen specialize in creating handmade smoking pipes that are valued across the country for their quality. Some Burmese have even been known to eschew imported Western pipes in favor of this local product.
Check ahead with guide services on whether the workshops will be open, as many only open their doors when there is local demand. Getting to Bilu Kyun is easiest through Mawlamyine, the capital of the Mon state and a major sea port. From there, it is a short boat ride to the island.
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