Places to Visit in
Sittwe used to be a former important port town near the Bangladeshi
Border on the Westcoast. The fish auction-market in Sittwe is
interesting but smelly and best visited early morning. There is Sanda
Muni Pagoda and the cultural museum and one can walk along Strand road
with a nice breeze from the sea.
Otherwise the town with its airport is a transit hub for travelers
going to the former dynasty of Rakhine (Arakan) kingdom situated 80 km
north of Sittwe. The boat trip up on Kitsapanadi (Kaladan) river will
take you 5 to 6 hours.
Mrauk Oo flourished between the 15th and 18th
Century. Tuda of England, Magol dynasty of India and Ayuthaya of
Thailand are the contemporary dynasty of Myrauk Oo kingdom. 60 stupas
and temples from 15th 18th century are still visible today.
Different styles and architectural concepts in Mrauk Oo will impress
visitors. Mrauk Oo market, museum and Rakhine culture are worth to
The area does not receive by far as many tourists as Bagan although
impressive as well. It can only be reached by plane, although
irregular scheduled passenger boats go.
Built in Rakhine architectural style from the early 16th century. It
is said that 80,000 Buddha relics are enshrined on the second precinct
of the pagoda. Inside the temple, there are relief sculptures
portraying the life of Lord Buddha. Nat worshiping, Hinduism and James
ism are all mixing in this pagoda.
VESALI (WETHALI) OLD TOWN
Situated about 8 km north of Mrauk Oo. It is an old town which
flourished between AD 300-900. Some ruined Stupas and an old fort can
CHIN & MRO ETHNIC VILLAGES
After sightseeing in Mrauk Oo one can visit Chin and Mro ethnic
villages with their ways of live, dress and daily life. Chin ladies
usually tattoo their faces traditionally.
The boats going to the Chin villages are not very good. Delays caused
e.g. by engine break-downs are possible.