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Mrauk U and Ngapali Beach – 7 Days

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This journey will take you to mysterious kingdoms of Wethali and Mrauk U in Arakan state in the far Western corner of the country bordering Bangladesh. Your tour will start with a flight from Yangon to Sittwe, a fishing port city at the mouth of Kaledan River.

From Sittwe we journey by boat upstream Kaledan River to Mrauk U and explore the ancient ruins of Mrauk U and Wethali (Vesali) once thriving and influential kingdoms controlling the coastal waters of Burma.

After sailing back to Sittwe we continue by flight to Thandwe and enjoy the azure waters and powdery paradise beaches of Bay of Bengal and Myanmar’s premier beach resort Ngapali Beach.

Ngapali is ideal place to relax and unwind in beautiful natural setting.

DAY 1 > YANGON – SITTWE [-/-/-]

Morning pick up from your hotel in Yangon and transfer to Yangon domestic airport for flight to Sittwe. Afternoon arrival to 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: in Sittwe in hotel

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 modelled after Indonesia’s Borobudur. We continue to adjacent ANDAW THEIN 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: in Mrauk U in hotel


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: in Mrauk U in hotel


Early breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat ride to Sittwe. If time permits, we visit enroute a MRO ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGE, known for intricate designs of the Khami traditional dress hand woven by the local tapet backstrap loom. Lunch is served on board the boat. Upon arrival to Sittwe, we transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Thandwe (8km from Ngapali Beach). Upon arrival to THANDWE airport, you will be welcomed by your hotel transfer rep and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included: breakfast
Overnight stay: In a resort in Ngapali,


Breakfast at your hotel, Rest of the day is for enjoying pristine beaches of Ngapali, relaxing in the shade of palm trees by the sea. Active visitors can choose from visiting the colourful local market in Thandwe (Sandoway), biking along the coast to surrounding villages, or hiring a boat to go fishing or sailing against the coastal backdrop of the Rakhine hills.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay: In a resort in Ngapali.


Breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to Thandwe airport for your flight to Yangon. Discovery DMC guide will welcome you at Yangon domestic airport and transfer to your hotel in Yangon or for your connecting flight departing from new international airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

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• Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
• All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
• Private transfers & tours with English speaking guides (language guides with supplement). In Ngapali Beach all transfers are handled by hotels.
• 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

• Visa to Myanmar
• International air fares or domestic 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