- Enjoying panoramic views as the sun sets behind the Baronga Islands in Sittwe
- Sailing through areas virtually unexplored by outsiders
- Exploring the mysterious capital of the once-vast Arakanese Empire, Mrauk U
- Seeing Mrauk U from above at Shwe Taung Hill and watching as the sun casts golden light over the former empire
- Visiting remote Chin ethnic minority villages along the Lemro River and witness their unique tattoo culture
- Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
- Other meals listed in the itinerary
- Expert English-speaking local guide
- Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Boat cruises and rides while on tour
- Flights to tour destinations (Economy Class)
- Service charges and government VAT tax
Day 1: Yangon – Sittwe
This morning hop on a short flight to Sittwe. Originally a small fishing village, Sittwe became an important seat of maritime commerce, especially as a port for the export of rice after the British occupation of Arakan, now known as Rakhine State, following the First Anglo-Burmese War. Visit View Point Lighthouse (Farkir Point) a lovely recreational spot where one can enjoy breathing fresh sea breeze. It shows the panoramic view of Baronga islands on the other side of the Kaladan River, and also the Layshinedaung savage island lighthouse.
Day 2: Sittwe – Mrauk U By Boat
Transfer to jetty to board the local boat. Sailing time about 5 to 7 hours, depending upon river conditions. Arrive Mrauk U, Rakhine’s capital in the 15th Century, in the afternoon and transfer for hotel check-in.
Mrauk U, which means “North Far” may seem to be a sleepy village today but not so long ago it was the capital of the Arakan empire where Portuguese, Dutch and French traders rubbed shoulders with the literati of Bengal and Mughal princes on the run. Mrauk U was declared capital of the Arakanese kingdom in 1431. At its peak, Mrauk U controlled half of Bangladesh, modern day Rakhine State (Arakan) and the western part of Lower Burma. As the city grew, many pagodas and temples were built. Several of them remain, and these are the main attraction of Mrauk-U.
Visit to Htaukkhan – Thein Temple like the fortress, one of the most famous temples in the ancient Arakanese city of Mrauk U, in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. The name means “Cross-Beam Ordination Hall”. Like most of Mrauk U’s Buddhist temples, it is designed as a dual purpose ‘fortress-temple’. Although it is a ‘thein’ (Ordination Hall), it is one of the most militaristic buildings in Mrauk U, built on raised ground, with a single entrance and small windows. According to Dr. Emil Forchhammer, an archaeologist employed by the British Raj to study Mrauk U in the late 19th century, the temples might have been employed as a refuge for the Buddhist religious order in times of war Next visit is Andaw-Thein Temple enshrines a tooth relic of Buddha. View the sunset over Kaladan River.
Day 3: Mrauk U Sightseeing
First to most famous Shit-Thaung Temple, home to some 80,000 holy Buddha images and reliefs. Laungbanprauk Pagoda, locally known as “Plate Pagoda’ because a wall at the front is embedded with plate-like tiles in bright color. Afternoon visit the museum which houses ancient stone slabs with inscriptions and an interesting collection of Rakhine style Buddha images. Visit to Shwe Taung Hill, where there is a good view over Mrauk U and spend the time till sunset.
Day 4: Mrauk U Chin Villages
We go to Ngagya Jetty. Start to take lovely boat ride to Chin villages on nearby Lemro River. On the way you will find the creek is shallow (about half meter). Sometimes, you will have to see even if the ground of creek and surrounded by bamboo forest. At there, you will find women take tattooed on their face owing to their belief. Streaky tattooed face didn’t practice anymore. Typical trips from Mrauk U to Chin villages begin at 7:00AM or 8:00 AM and include 2 to 3 hours boat ride each way. Stop an hour or so at a couple of villages to meet Chin people. Return back to Mrauk U.
Day 5: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon
Check out from hotel and transfer to jetty to board the local boat departing to Sittwe. Transfer to the airport and fly to Yangon.
Start your 5-day adventure by a short flight to Sittway – originally a small fishing village and now known as Rakhine State, following the first Anglo-Burmese war. Travel by boat from Sittwe – Mrauk U to discover the rich history of Burma through the beautiful temples and pagodas. Experience the Mrauk Uchin villages with the typical culture of the Chin people.
Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U