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Journey to Mrauk U – One of Myanmar’s Most Remote Regions

6 Days, 5 Nights

Why Mrauk U? For most travelers, probably that’s the first question comes to mind. Many reason for it and here are just a few. The boat journey through the back waters and on the Kiccepanadi River is spectacular. The remote and sleepy little town of Mrauk U is not only an important archeological site, but once a busy trading point. From Mrauk U, you can explore the area by boat and jeep including the Chin tribe village known for its women with facial tattoo. It’s you to find out the answer why those women took the pain to have the tattoo on their faces. The opportunity of learning about Rakhine way of life, cuisine, culture and its interesting story is also open on this trip as well as a little extension in the area for a full day trek!

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Yangon – Sittwe by flight
Day 2: Sittwe – Mrauk U by boat (B)
Day 3: Mrauk U – boat trip to Chin village (B)
Day 4: Mrauk U – explore the area by jeep
Day 5: Mrauk U – Sittwe by boat with visits to Myo and Wabo (B)
Day 6: Sittwe – Thandwe (B)

Day To Day Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon – Sittwe by flight

After an early breakfast in Yangon, you have transportation to the airport for a morning flight to Sittwe. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and driver for a drive to your hotel.  

In the afternoon, you will visit the Cultural Museum of the Rakhine State, the Atulamarazei Pyeloun Chantha Payagui Pagoda - the holiest shrine the city, the nearby convent and the port Gawlibunga - Bamboo Market. Later in the afternoon enjoy the sunset on the lookout. Overnight in Sittwe.

Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar - located on an island created at the confluence of the Kaladan, Mayu, and Lay Mro rivers emptying into the Bay of Bengal.

Day 2: Sittwe – Mrauk U by boat (B)
In the morning, you have a drive to the jetty for your trip to Mrauk U by chartered boat. The boat journey is about 5- 6 hour trip on the Kiccepanadi River. Seat back and enjoy the wonderful journey through the backwaters and then up the river. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and driver for a drive to the hotel.

By mid afternoon, you set out to explore Mrauk U. You will visit the temple Anndaw Thein - where a total of 142 Buddha statues are set up to be worshiped; the Shitethaung Temple - the most spectacular massive temple of King Mong Bong with over 80,000 Buddha statues and sculptures, as well as the Htukkant Thein temple - a museum in which the traditional costumes and ornaments from the Mrauk Oo dynasty period. By the end of the day, enjoy sunset on the strategically important Haridaung Mountain. Overnight in Mrauk Oo.

Mrauk U is an archaeologically important town as well as a base to explore the area. Thought the town may seem to be a sleepy village today, but not so long ago it was the capital of a reasonable sized empire where Portuguese, Dutch and French traders gathered.

Day 3: Mrauk U – boat trip to Chin village (B)
In the morning, you take the boat to the Chin village, known for their facial tattoos, some 72 km from Mrauk Oo. At the village, you have time to explore the village and speak to the friendly villagers and listen to their stories of the facial tattoo. If you prefer, you hike up the mountain and visit this region.

In the afternoon, you return to Mrauk Oo and continue to explore Mrauk Oo: The Pharaouk temple - built in the late 16 Century, with 29 niches its inner wall; Kothaung the temple with its 90,000 statues of was built as the astro-magical protector from evil and the conclusion of the visit Shwegudaung Mountains south of the U Mra Wa Pagoda. Overnight in Mrauk Oo.

Day 4: Mrauk U – explore the area by jeep
Today’s jeep tour takes you to a colorful local market where daily life is at its liveliest. Then continue to “ Wah Thee” or Alay Zee village where you can learn about their traditional method of alcohol distillery. Local bamboo handicrafts such as hats, mats, baskets, fans are not just source of income, but carry the tradition alive. You will also drive Prun Zee & Kyauk – Reike village where making of thatch roof sheets is the main activity. The roof is made of Nipa palm leaves - a kind of toddy juice, when fresh it is sweet and keep in the sun, the juice ferments and intoxicated.

The afternoon visit will take you to Pha Ra Paw temple, Law-Ka-Man-Aung stupa and Koe Na Win Pagoda. Overnight at Mrauk U. It’s not overrated to say that Mrauk U is like Bagan, but many years ago.

Day 5: Mrauk U – Sittwe by boat with visits to Myo and Wabo (B)
After breakfast, you have a drive to the jetty for a journey back to Sittwe. En route, you will visit the village of Myo tribe in their traditional costume of Khami. The next stop is at Wabo weaving village. Rakhine textiles are famous throughout the country. There are traditional weaving villages in the surounding of Sittwe and Thandwe. Most families have hand weaving looms. After arriving in Sittwe, you have a drive to your hotel. Overnight in Sittwe.

Day 6: Sittwe – Thandwe (B)

After breakfast, you can spend time at the Fish Market to see the hustle and bustle of the lobster and crab wholesale market in early hours. You will visit Maka Kuthala Kyaungdawgyi  a museum with a mixture of colonial architecture and Buddhist artifacts in a colonial mansion that is itself well worth a visit. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Sittwe airport for your flight to Thandwe with extension of beach relaxation in Ngapali

Our trip includes:
•    Bed & breakfast in double sharing room in Sittwe & Mrauk U.
•    Domestic flights Yangon- Sittwe & Sittwe  -Thandwe
•    Private normal boat from Sittwe to Mrauk U
•    Tattoo Chin village, Myo village, Wabo villages by boat
•    Air-con saloon car in Sittwe
•    Jeep car in Mrauk U
•    English speaking station guide in Sittwe & Mrauk U
•    Entrance fees as indicated in our itinerary
•    Porter fees at the airports and jetties.
•    Passenger service charges at each domestic airport
Our trip excludes:
•    International flight to/from Yangon
•    Visa fees
•    Insurance
•    Personal expenses
•    Meals and beverage
•    Early check-in and late checkout
•    Porter fees at the hotels

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