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Ancient Kingdom of Mrauk U – 4 Days

Mrauk U, Sittwe
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Ancient Kingdom of Mrauk U is designed for travelers who are seeking historical sites with mystical feeling. In four days you are introduced to ancient Arakan culture, history and its traditions. Mrauk U is still quite rarely visited destination in Myanmar so it still has its unique charm and the archaeological sites are surrounded by paddy fields and beautiful nature.

For centuries Arakan now known as Rakhine coast was along a popular trading route for merchants traveling between Europe, Middle East, India and the Orient. The Arakanese kings had recruited European mercenaries to their armies to protect their territories and to collect fees from the traders. The thriving kingdoms were built to well protected upper part of mighty Kaledan river.

Our tour will start with a flight to capital city of Rakhine state, Sittwe, where we change the mode of transport to a boat and cruise upstream Kaledan River to Mrauk U. In Mrauk U and Wethali (Vesali) we explore the archaeological treasures of the Arakanese, enjoy amazing sunsets and meet friendly locals.

 

Sittwe fish market

Sittwe fish market

DAY 1: YANGON – SITTWE [-/-/-]

Morning pick up from your hotel in Yangon or from Yangon International Airport and directly transfer to Yangon domestic airport for flight to Sittwe. Afternoon arrival to Sittwe, a former seaside capital of colonial Burma where the Rivers Kaledan and Lemro meet the grand Bay of Bengal.

After enjoying a late lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the following town highlights: the Cultural museum, with an impressive wealth of cultural artifacts representing the Rakhine civilization that dates as far back as 3000 BC; the Buddhist nunnery, a stately building hailing from by gone times; and the fascinating Local fish market, at times with thousands of fish on display from the deep Bay of Bengal.

We continue to mouth of the River Kaledan where it kisses the Bay of Bengal, and stroll on the black sand beaches amidst a beautiful setting sun.

  • Meals included:
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Sittwe

Mrauk U

Mrauk U

DAY 2: SITTWE – MRAUK U [B/-/-]

Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Sittwe jetty for the boat journey to Mrauk U. The 70km cruise upstream the Kaledan River travels though farming region and small riverside communities. The travel time varies between 4-7 hours depending on boat size and river conditions.

Simple packed lunches are provided on the boat. On arrival to the Mrauk U Pier half a mile south of the town’s central market, we transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we embark on a journey to the ruins of Lost Arakan kingdom of Mrauk U, a seaport at the crossroads of ancient trading routes between the East and West.

Mrauk U has inherited a rich cultural legacy, particularly the 700 enchanting temple ruins scattered over misty hills. We visit the fortress-like Shite Thaung Temple, a solid structure with thick heavy walls housing some 84,000 Buddhas and reputed to be modeled after Indonesia’s Borobudur.

We continue to adjacent Andaw Thrin ordination Temple, which houses a stupa believed to contain the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha brought from Sri Lanka by the Burmese King Mindon.

Nearby on a hill is Htukkan Thein fortress temple, with only one entrance, three inner chambers and small windows designed to let the rays of the dawning sun shine directly onto the central Buddha statue in the main vault.

  • Meals included: breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mrauk U

Mrauk-U

Mrauk U

DAY 3: MRAUK U – WETHALI [B/-/-]

After breakfast, we visit the central Mrauk U market to see the typical Rakhine foods and products sold, then drive 30min/14km to the ruins of the Wethali. The ancient city of Wethali (Vesali) was a thriving dynasty from the 4th to 9th centuries, though little but overgrown bushes remain.

At the great Wethali Payagyi, we admire the 17ft-high seated Buddha crafted from a single slab of sandstone, set amidst a panoramic view of quaint villages and farmland.

We return to Mrauk U for lunch and later in the afternoon, visit the serene Pharaouk Temple, built in late 1500s and with a solid stupa featuring 29 life-sized Buddha’s seated radially in its wall.

Continuing to Kothaung Temple, we visit the most colossal temple of Mrauk U, named for the 90,000 statues it originally housed. If weather permits, we climb to the Shwegudaung Paya, the highest pagoda of Mrauk U to enjoy the captivating views of temples winking under the setting sun.

  • Meals included: breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mrauk U

Yangon

colonial heritage yangon

DAY 4: MRAUK U – SITTWE – YANGON [B/-/-]

Early breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat ride to Sittwe. If time permits, we visit en route a Mro Ethnic minority village, known for intricate designs of the Khami traditional dress hand woven by the local tappet back strap loom. Lunch is served on board the boat.

Upon arrival to Sittwe, we transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight back to Yangon. In Yangon, we transfer to the hotel.

  • Meals included: breakfast
  • Overnight stay: not included

Tour price with Superior Category Hotels   (01 May 14 – 31 March 15)

Price per person in shared double/twin room when 2 pax travelling: USD
Price per person in shared double/twin room when 4 pax travelling: USD
Sittwe:  Shwe Thazin Hotel 2-3*
Mrauk U : Shwe Thazin Hotel 2-3*  or Vesali Resort 2-3*

Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for prices!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Domestic air fares
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides (other language guides available with additional cost)
  • 2 bottles of water and 2 refreshing towels per person on full day excursions
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in Yangon
  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and other expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips