Mrauk-U, Mrauk U Myanmar, Sittwe & 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.
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Our Pandaw river cruise was excellent in every way and we had a memorable holiday. Our guide Terry made the trip for us. I couldn't recommend Pandaw more highly, it's been perfect in every way. Loved the informality of it all and the evening cocktails were delicious. Trips ashore clambering up the banks of the Irrawaddy into little villages were quite delightful and locals were fascinated by us. Excellent mixed itinerary organised by our guide which took in all aspects of life!