The Rakhine State capital Sittwe is the gateway to the ancient city of Mrauk U, the former centre of flourishing Rakhine empire. Mrauk U reached its peak in the 15th century and today has completely different atmosphere to Myanmar’s other ancient sites. It also gets far less tourists and is often touted as an interesting alternative to Bagan. Be one of the first to discover these ancient temples, which are accessible from Sittwe by a picturesque boar ride up the surging Kaladan River.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Buses leave for Sittwe and Yangon every morning, but foreign travellers are not permitted to travel to Mrauk U overland.
SEE AND DO:
Admire Shittaung Pagoda, whose name literally means “Shrine of the 80,000 Images”. Continue further up the Lemro River to Chin villages, home to women with tattooed faces.