DAY 01: SITTWE – MRAUK-U (-, Lunch, -)
Upon arrival at SITTWE, the provincial capital and main port of RAKHINE (Arakan), you will be transferred to the jetty and proceed by boat for the 70km (6 hours) journey upriver to the last royal capital of Rakhine, MRAUK-U. Boxed lunch or lunch on the boat will be provided. In the evening, you will arrive in Mrauk-U and check into your hotel. If time permits, you will have a sunset view of Mrauk-U from HARI HILL. Dinner is on your own account and overnight in Mrauk-U.
DAY 02 MRAUK-U (Breakfast, Lunch, -)
After breakfast, you will visit the local market and a nearby monastery. Later, you will continue to KOE THAUNG Temple and PESI Pagoda from which one can have the 360 degrees view of the region. Afterward, you will visit and walk through the maze-like SHITTAUNG Temple, a shrine of 80,000 Buddha images; the adjacent ANDAW THEIN ORDINATION HALL and to HTUKKAN THEIN Temple; LAUNGBANKPYAUK Pagoda, locally known as “plate pagoda” because a wall at the front is embedded with plate-like tiles in bright colors.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM which houses ancient stone slabs which inscriptions and an interesting collection of Rakhine-style Buddha images. Then see some of the temples of Mrauk-U. Late afternoon, go to SHWETAUNG from where there is a good view over Mrauk-U. Dinner is on your own account and overnight in Mrauk-U.
DAY 03 MRAUK-U – LAYTOO CHIN VILLAGE – MRAUK U (Breakfast, Lunch, -)
After breakfast, start a scenic excursion on a very basic and bumpy road and by boat on LEMYO RIVER (3 hours per way) to villages of the Laytoo Chin tribe. This vanishing Chin tribe is well-known for the colorful fabrics and tattoo on their faces. This centuries old tradition is fading and new facial tattoos are not made anymore in our modern times. Picnic lunch will be provided. Return to Mrauk-U in the late afternoon. If time permits, you will explore a typical village of the SHAKAMA (THET or SAK) tribe and witness the rural way of life. Dinner is on your own account and overnight in Mrauk-U.
DAY 04 MRAUK-U – SITTWE (Breakfast, Lunch, -)
After breakfast, transfer to jetty for departure by private boat back to Sittwe. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After lunch at a simple local restaurant, car and guide is at disposal for visits in and around Sittwe. Visit the BUDDHIST MUSEUM in the grounds of a monastery and see the interesting collection of Rakhine-style Buddha images, silver coins from the Mrauk-U era and engraved astrological charts. Make photo stops at one or more of the mosques, evidence of the large Muslim community in Sittwe. At sunset, drive out along Strand Road past fishing boats to The Point, at the mouth of the Kaladan River. There are some interesting shell and sandstone rock formations, as well as fabulous views over a black sand beach stretching for miles towards Bangladesh along the edge of the Bay of Bengal. In the evening, go for a walk in downtown Sittwe where local people sit on the pavements outside their homes enjoying the cool evening air. Dinner is on your own account and overnight in Sittwe.
DAY 05 SITTWE (Breakfast, -, -)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Itinerary is subject to changes depending on confirmed flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.
Note: The region around Sittwe and Mrauk-U is still undeveloped for most aspects of tourism. This is essentially an adventure tour. We will endeavor to obtain the best available accommodations, transport and facilities for guests, but would ask their understanding for any practical aspects which do not come up to expectation, and for delays or changes in itinerary. It is not recommended to travel to this region during the monsoon season from June to September as heavy floods are common. Even though this region of Myanmar is not mountainous it gets cold at night during the winter months from November to February and warm clothes are required.