In 1431, King Min Saw Mon established Mrauk U in Myanmar as the capital of the last unified Arakanese Kingdom. An important trading port with links to Portugal, the Netherlands, Arabia, Persia and India, the city eventually reached a size of 120,000 in the mid sixteenth century.
The city offers the visitor many chances to study the cultural and a proud heritage handed down to the present day Rakhine generation by their forefathers. Mrauk U can rightfully be claimed as the “Open-air Museum” of the arts and culture of the people of Rakhine.
Starting from Sittwe, capital of the Rakhine state, you will uncover the traditional local lifestyles in this town that is located at the mouth of the Kaladan River by the Bay of Bengal. Often overlooked as a convenient stopping point for Mrauk U, Sittwe will reward you with visions of a colorful hinterland seaport with abundance of fish and crops.
Cruising upstream along the Kaladan River on a private boat, you will arrive at Mrauk U archaeological park. The ancient city is now deserted but the ruined temples form an impressive and extensive stone record of a kingdom once one of the most important and powerful in the Indian Ocean.
The most impressive of these historical edifices is the Shitthaung Temple, a fortress-like temple known for its labyrinth of tunnels while the Andawthein Ordination Hall, Ratanabon Pagoda, Dukkhanthein and Laymyetnha are other sites of cultural and archaeological value. A return boat journey via Kaladan River will bring you back to Sittwe.
Day 1 – YANGON – SITTWE (L,D)
Upon your arrival in Sittwe from Yangon, we will bring you to Noble Hotel. In Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, you will explore a city with a mixture of Indian and Southeast Asian influences by the Bay of Bengal. Marvel at the many varieties of fish sold at the lively fish market and deepen your understanding of Rakhine culture at the Cultural Museum.
Overnight in Sittwe.
Day 2 – SITTWE – MRAUK U (B,L)
Following breakfast, cruise upstream along Kaladan River on boat trip to Mrauk U, a major archaeological site in Myanmar. Arriving in Mrauk U at midday, you will witness the former grandiose of this ancient town, famed as Myanmar’s second eminent temple site after Bagan, during your visits to Koethaung Temple, Pitakataik Library, Laungbanpyauk Pagoda, Yadana Mannaung and Sakaya Mannaung Pagodas.
Overnight in Mrauk U.
Day 3 – MRAUK U (B,L,D)
Today, after enjoying the sunrise over the misty hills of Mrauk U, we will bring you to experience the local lifestyles at the market before exploring the ruins of the Royal Palace and Archaeological Museum. Observe the exemplary skills and art display in Mrauk U’s most significant monument – Shitthaung Temple, which contains a remarkable collection of Arakanese Buddha images and relief in its maze-like and fortress-like layout. Further your understanding of Mrauk U’s history by exploring the unique stone carvings in the multi-spire Andawthein Ordination Hall, the circular Ratanabon Pagoda, vaulted passages with impressive stone sculptures in the huge fortress-like temple of Dukkhanthein and the first erected pagoda at Laymyetnha.
Overnight in Mrauk U.
Day 4 – MRAUK U – SITTWE – YANGON (B,L)
Today, we will head back to Sittwe on a ferry speedboat (or chartered local boat) along the Kaladan River. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant in Sittwe before transferring to Sittwe Airport for your flight to Yangon.
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
Our The Lost City of Mrauk U Tour includes:
– 3 nights accommodation on half twin room basis with daily breakfast
– Service of an English-speaking guide throughout the trip (from Yangon to Yangon)
– Meals as mentioned
– All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles where available with drivers
– Fees for local chartered boat from Sittwe – Mrauk U
– Fees for local ferry speedboat from Mrauk U – Sittwe (or local chartered boat)
– Entrance fees for visits mentioned
Our The Lost of Mrauk U Tour excludes:
– International ticket to/from Yangon
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– Domestic flights RGN-AKY-RGN including insurance surcharges & current fuel surcharge
– Drinks and personal expenses
– Tips for porters at the hotels
– Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above edule changes. We thank you for your understanding.
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All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MYANMAR:
1. Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted) to change and make any purchases and payments. Please bring new US Dollar bills (“big heads” instead of “small heads”) and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumours these series are counterfeit.
2. Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.
3. A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X?Mas, New Year, etc.
4. Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
5. Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar. A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar or On Arrival Visa is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay). The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4×6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date. For more detail information, please contact Sales@huongviettravel.com
6. The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until traveling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.
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