4-Day Magic of Mrauk U

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit Mrauk U in Rakhine State which was one of the richest cities in Asia and important commercial port in the 15th century
  • 5 hour river journey on the Kaledan River
  • visit of Chin Villages, famous for the tatooed faces of the elder women

tour details

Explore the magnificent west coast of Myanmar and boarding a boat to Mrauk U to discover many hidden temples, pagodas, markets and its beautiful landscape. A boat ride to the Lay Too Chin minority villages is an opportunity to meet the tattooed faced Chin women.

Transfer to Yangon airport for domestic flight to Sittwe. Transfer from Sittwe airport to the boat jetty where you board your private boat to sail up on the Kaledan River to Mrauk U, a journey of 4 to 5 hours. Lunch on the boat. Arrive Mrauk U in the evening and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation at Mrauk Oo Princess Hotel (Village House) or similar, Mrauk U
Mrauk U (once known as Myo Haung) was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Arakan (now Rakhine State) in the 15th century, when it enjoyed great wealth and was an important commercial port. A visitor described it as one of the richest cities in Asia, and as a result it was coveted by many surrounding kingdoms. Mrauk U declined after two disastrous earthquakes in 1761 and 1762, and in 1784 the Arakanese kingdom was taken over by the Burmese King Bodawpaya. In the wake of the first Anglo-Burmese war in 1826, and the subsequent founding of Sittwe by the British as an administrative centre, Mrauk U's oblivion became complete. Today there are few visible remains of its greatness, but Mrauk U has charm, with significant ruins, local markets, wooden houses and friendly people. Some of the ruins can be visited on foot from the town, whilst others require a bullock cart or vehicle. Visit Laungbankpyauk Pagoda, locally known as 'plate pagoda' because a wall at the front is embedded with plate-like tiles in bright colours. Then visit Mrauk U's main market and Koe Thaung Pagoda, the largest in Mrauk U, where a large octagonal tower covers a rock cave tunnel holding some 90,000 Buddha images. Lunch at Royal City Guest House.
Afterward, continue visit the famous Shittaung Pagoda, perhaps the best preserved. It is home to some 80,000 Buddha images. 33 smaller ones, rising from platform to platform, flank the large central stupa, and are similar in style to Indonesia's Borobudur. Inside the pagoda it is fascinating to wander through the interior passages admiring reliefs and Buddha images in niches. Visit Andaw Pagoda, an octagonal monument smaller than Shittaung but with a similar linear layout. Opposite Shittaung, visit Dukkanthein ordination hall, a construction of laterite and sandstone bricks that resembles a huge bunker from the outside. Enjoy sunset at Haridaung Pagoda hill.
Accommodation at Mrauk Oo Princess Hotel (Village House) or similar, Mrauk U
Pick up from your hotel. Proceed to Lay Myo river bank, where you take a boat to the Chin area of Rakhine State (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes) and visit three Chin 'tattoo' villages, where you will see women with traditional Chin facial tattoos. Packed lunch. Visit a weaving project to see examples of beautiful Chin textile patterns. Return by boat to Mrauk U.
Accommodation at Mrauk Oo Princess Hotel (Village House) or similar, Mrauk U
Transfer to jetty for departure by private boat (from 4 to 5 hours) back to Sittwe. Lunch on boat. The journey on the Kaladan River takes place through changing scenery downriver towards the sea surrounding Sittwe. Upon arrival, visit the fish market and Cultural Museum (if open). Transfer to Sittwe airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to hotel.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • English-speaking throughout guide from Yangon
  • Boat fees from Sittwe to Mrauk U and return, boat fees for sightseeing
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not inlcuded are:

  • Domestic Airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Surcharges for language throughout guides
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking. (Peak season in general is between 15 December
  • 15 January and 13
  • 17 April)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Important Notes:

  • A trip to Mrauk U must be regarded as soft adventure tour: Electricity gets cut off at night and hotels do not always run their generators (cost saving); although we try our utmost to get the latest cars, it does happen that old models are used with sometimes no air conditioning. Itineraries may have to be changed on the spot because of weather, transportation problems, etc.
  • Please note that Mrauk U is located in an area bordering hilly and forested land. Therefore, it is recommended to bring enough insect repellent and to wear comfortable clothing (preferably cotton) covering arms and legs, mainly around dawn and dusk. Even at night it is better to put on night attire covering exposed body parts as much as possible.
  • The reward for accepting the above inconveniences is that few foreigners currently visit Mrauk U
  • the most important cultural and archaeological site in Myanmar besides Bagan.
  • Travel to Rakhine State is recommended only during the dry season from November to April
  • this area is known for heavy monsoon storms from May to October.
Tour code: RGNMPR4RKA
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