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The Lost City of Mrauk U

HIGHLIGHTS

The beautiful lost city of Mrauk U | Beautiful pagodas | Immerse into the local culture and religion

DURATION

4 days / 3 nights

DEPATURES

Daily on a Private basis

PRICE FROM

On request

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Driver and a/c vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

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Day 1: Yangon-Sittwe
Transfer to the airport in Yangon for your flight to Sittwe, capital of the Rakhine State.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Then continue with a leisurely sightseeing tour of Sittwe.

You will visit Rakhine State Cultural Museum closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays), an extensive collection of displays and exhibitions explaining the culture and history of Rakhine people. Then you can walk along the strand road where you will see dock yard and other river activities. Then transfer an elevated viewpoint where you can watch the sunset over Bay of Bengal. Overnight in Sittwe.

Day 2: Sittwe-Mrauk U
This morning, you will start your tour early to visit Sittwe’s fish market with scenes of fisherman loading up their fresh catch from the night before.

Then you will be transferred to Sittwe jetty and board on a private boat to Mrauk U. The journey takes about 5-6 hours, travelling upstream on the Kaladan River. Lunch will be served on board.

Mid-day arrive in Mrauk U. Mrauk U was the capital in the 15th century and at its peak it was one of the richest cities in all of Asia. This period was one of prolific building and is, today, a major archeological site. This afternoon, your visit includes Koethaung Temple, the Pitakataik Library, Laungbanpyauk Pagoda, Yadana Mannaung and Sakaya Mannaung Pagodas. These temples and pagodas are in a low-lying area surrounded by hills and are some of the most important religious shrines of the medieval Mrauk U period. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. Overnight in Mrauk U. BLD

Day 3: Mrauk U
Awake early and depart hotel around 06.00 (Note: departure time will depend on the season) to enjoy the sunrise over the misty hills of Mrauk U.

Return to your hotel for breakfast and then continue sightseeing in Mrauk U. Begin with a visit to the local market and continue to the ruins of the Royal Palace. At the peak of Mrauk U’s power, the Royal Palace loomed high over the city however today there only remains a small brick platform. Then tour the town’s Archaeological Museum (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays), where old artifacts and ancient relics are displayed. The museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history and culture of the Rakhine State.

After lunch, visit Shitthaung Temple, Mrauk U’s most important monument. Built in 1535 with a labor force of more than 1,000 architects and workmen, Shitthaung Temple contains a remarkable collection of Arakanese Buddha images and reliefs.

Continue to the multi-spire Andawthein Ordination Hall, which is filled with unique stone carvings. Then visit the circular Ratanabon Pagoda and the fortress-like temple of Dukkhanthein, whose vaulted passages contain interesting stone sculptures. Your last stop of today is at Laymyetnha. Built in 1430, Laymyethnha was the first pagoda erected in Mrauk U. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Mrauk U. BD

Day 4: Mrauk U-Sittwe-Yangon
After an early breakfast, board chartered local boat a local ferry speedboat (5-6 hours) at around 06:00 (or by chartered local boat) to travel from Mrauk U to Sittwe. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the riverine lifestyle of local people in Rakhine State.

Upon arrival in Sittwe, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own account) before transferring to Sittwe Airport for your flight to Yangon. Arrive in Yangon in the evening and transfer to your hotel for check-in. B

Day 4: (Optional Extension) Mrauk U-Chin Villages-Mrauk U
After breakfast, start a scenic journey on a bumpy road by car about 30 minutes to the village.

Then continue by boat up along the Lay Mro River to the Lay Too Chin minority villages for 2-3 hours. Chin people are probably best known for their colorful fabrics, as well as tattoo on faces of women. A legend said that the Burmese King from central land used to explore their State as Chin women are most beautiful among other minorities. Chin girls not later than age of 13 had to tattoo on their faces to make them ugly and to prevent from being taken to the Burmese palace. As tattooing habits are stopped, you can see mostly elderly women with tattoo nowadays. During the day of touring, a picnic lunch will be served. (lunch box) After visiting 2 to 3 Chin villages, you will return back to Mrauk Oo by boat and car. Overnight in Mrauk U. BL

Day 5: (Option Extension) Mrauk U-Sittwe-Yangon
After an early breakfast, board chartered local boat (5-6 hours) at around 06:00 to travel from Mrauk U to Sittwe. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the riverine lifestyle of local people in Rakhine State. Upon arrival in Sittwe, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own account) before transferring to Sittwe Airport for your flight to Yangon. Arrive in Yangon in the evening and transfer to your hotel for check-in. B

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