Myanmar, Sittwe & Mrauk-U
Info : Mrauk-U
One of Mandalay's more off-the-beaten-track destinations is Mrauk-U in the north west of the country, near the border with Bangladesh. Rakhine state has always been geographically isolated and its people have always had a strong and unique cultural and linguistic identity. Mrauk-U is reached by six-hour boat journey from Sittwe and the location of the town is beautiful - it's surrounded by rich lush rolling hills, and wetlands too. The town is home to a number of unique and atmospheric ancient temples including the Shite-taung and Koe-taung Paya, each with tens of thousands of Buddha images.
If you're looking to visit a remote and remarkable corner of the world, two or three nights in Mrauk-U will be a great addition to your Myanmar itinerary.
Hotels were all first rate. Bagan Thande and Inle Lake were both charming and well-run. Bagan Thande is a superb hotel! All our guides and drivers were first rate too. They went out of their way to show us around and educate us on Burmese culture and the sites were were seeing.