Mrauk U - The Ancient Kingdom (4 Days)
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Code: E-MCLZZ0121
Tour Style: Classic
Duration: 4 days
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Dutch traveller Gautier Schouten who visited Arakan in 1660 wrote:  “As we ascended sufficiently high up the mountain we could decry the city of Arakan and the golden roof of the palace, which shone magnificently in the rays of the sun. Here and there, both on the mountain and in the valleys the eye fell on many pagodas, which made the view most enchanting. To the other side lay our settlement and our Residence, with lakes, fishponds, orchards, and country houses. On the opposite side of the mountain was a descent into a lovely country which in the far distance was seen to be encircled by yet other mountains dotted with townships, villages and beautiful fields, indeed, it would be difficult to imagine a more entrancing landscape.” 


Brief Itinerary


Day 1: Yangon – Sittwe                                                                               

Day 2: Sittwe – Mrauk U

Day 3: Mrauk U – Wethali

Day 4: Mrauk U – Sittwe - Yangon 

Day 1: Yangon – Sittwe (by air)
You will be picked up in the morning either from your hotel in Yangon or from Yangon International Airport and be transferred directly to the Yangon domestic terminal for your flight to Sittwe. You will arrive in the afternoon at 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, you 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 bygone times; and the fascinating local fish market, sometimes with thousands of fish on display from the deep Bay of Bengal. You continue to the 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: (No)
Overnight stay:          Sittwe hotel


Day 2: Sittwe – Mrauk U (by boat)
After an early breakfast at the hotel you transfer to Sittwe jetty for the boat journey to Mrauk U. The 70km cruise upstream on the Kaledan River travels though a 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 at the Mrauk U Pier half a mile south of the town’s central market, you will be transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you embark on a journey to the ruins of the Lost Arakan Kingdom Of Mrauk U, a seaport at the crossroads of the 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. You visit the fortress-like Shite Thaung Temple, a solid structure with thick heavy walls housing some 84,000 Buddha and reputed to be modeled after Indonesia’s Borobudur. You continue to the 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. On a nearby 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:                      Mrauk U hotel


Day 3: Mrauk U – Wethali
After breakfast, you visit the central Mrauk U market to see the typical Rakhine foods and products sold, and then drive 30min/14km to the ruins of Wethali. The Ancient City of Wethali (Vesali) was a thriving dynasty from the 4th to the 9th centuries, though little but overgrown bushes remain. At the Great Wethali Payagyi, you can 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 the late 1500’s and with a solid stupa featuring 29 life-sized Buddha’s seated radially in its wall. You continue on to Kothaung Temple, where you will see the largest temple of Mrauk U, named after the 90,000 statues it originally housed. If weather permits, you 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:                      Mrauk U hotel


Day 4: Mrauk U – Sittwe - Yangon (by boat/air)
You have an early breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat ride to Sittwe. If time permits, you visit en route a Mro Ethnic Minority village, known for the intricate designs of the Khami traditional dress, hand-woven on a local backstrap loom. Lunch is served on board the boat. Upon arrival to Sittwe, you will be transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight back to Yangon. In Yangon then transfer to the hotel.


Meals included:         breakfast
Overnight stay:          not included  

This tour is private and can be tailor-made to suit your travel needs. As a result the price is quoted in US dollars and shown on a per-person basis. The 'Price From' quoted above is for parties of 2, 4 and 6 people and for accommodation in 3 star hotels. The final price will be privately quoted, based on the number in your party, your preferred time of travel, grade of hotel and any additional services requested. Please click on the BOOK NOW button and fill in the booking form, after which one of our travel consultants will customize the best value holiday for you.

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  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in double/twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.



  • International/domestic airfares & tax
  • Travel Insurance. (We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home)
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters and project cost
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

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Mrauk U - The Ancient Kingdom (4 Days)
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