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4 Day, The Kingdom of Arakan (Mrauk U)

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Highlights

  • Family friendly private fully guided tour
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature
  • Experience the different culture of Chin & Rakhine Tribe
  • 5 hour river journey on Kaledan River
  • Flexible to customize

Where to visit:   Sittwe, Mrauk U, Lay Myo River & Chin Village

Accommodation:   3 nights accommodation in Mrauk U

Transportation:   Domestic flight, Private air conditioned vehicle, Private Boat

Meals:   As mentioned

Service with:   English speaking local guide

When to go:   Varies

Tour starts in:   Your hotel in Yangon (Myanmar)

Tour completes in:   Your hotel in Yangon (Myanmar)


Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U (flight, private boat)

Day 2: Mrauk U Sightseeing

Day 3: Lay Myo River Boat Trip

Day 4: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon (private car, flight)

Day 1 (Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U)
Meal: L

Pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Yangon airport for domestic flight to Sittwe.

Transfer from Sittwe airport to the boat jetty where you board your private boat to sail up on the Kaledan River to Mrauk U, a journey of 4 to 5 hours.

Lunch on the boat.

Arrive Mrauk U in the evening and transfer to your hotel. 

Overnight in Mrauk U


Day 2 (Mrauk U)
Meal: B

Wake up early in the morning and transfer to Pagoda hill to enjoy the fabulous sunrise of Mrauk U. Then, transfer back to your hotel to enjoy your breakfast.

After breakfast at the hotel, start your tour at the capital of the ancient kingdom of Arakan.

Visit to Laungbankpyauk Pagoda, locally known as 'plate pagoda' because a wall at the front is embedded with plate-like tiles in bright colors.

Then visit to Mrauk U's main market and Koe Thaung Pagoda, the largest in Mrauk U, where a large octagonal tower covers a rock cave tunnel holding some 90,000 Buddha images.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Afterward, continue visit the famous Shittaung Pagoda, perhaps the best preserved. It is home to some 80,000 Buddha images. 33 smaller ones, rising from platform to platform, flank the large central stupa, and are similar in style to Indonesia's Borobudur. Inside the pagoda it is fascinating to wander through the interior passages admiring reliefs and Buddha images in niches.

Visit Andaw Pagoda, an octagonal monument smaller than Shittaung but with a similar linear layout.

Then, continue to Dukkanthein ordination hall, a construction of laterite and sandstone bricks that resembles a huge bunker from the outside.

After exploration the palace site and lake, at the end, enjoy the sunset at Haridaung Pagoda hill and transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Mrauk U

NOTE: Mrauk U (once known as Myo Haung) was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Arakan (now Rakhine State) in the 15th century, when it enjoyed great wealth and was an important commercial port. A visitor described it as one of the richest cities in Asia, and as a result it was coveted by many surrounding kingdoms. Mrauk U declined after two disastrous earthquakes in 1761 and 1762, and in 1784 the Arakanese kingdom was taken over by the Burmese King Bodawpaya. In the wake of the first Anglo-Burmese war in 1826, and the subsequent founding of Sittwe by the British as an administrative centre, Mrauk U's oblivion became complete. Today there are few visible remains of its greatness, but Mrauk U has charm, with significant ruins, local markets, wooden houses and friendly people. Some of the ruins can be visited on foot from the town, whilst others require a bullock cart or vehicle.


Day 3 (Mrauk U - Chin Villages - Mrauk U)
Meal: B,L

After breakfast at the hotel, start a scenic journey on a bumpy road by car about 30 minutes to the village.

Then continue by boat up along the Lay Myo River to the Lay Too Chin minority villages for 2-3 hours.

During the day, a picnic lunch box will be served.

After exploring Chin villages, you will return back to Mrauk Oo by boat and car.

Overnight in Mrauk U.

Note: Chin people are probably best known for their colorful fabrics, as well as tattooed faces of the women. A legend said that former Burmese Kings considered Chin women to be the most beautiful of all the ethnic tribes. They would travel to the Chin State looking for women to bring back to the capitol as their concubines. Chin girls, from the age of 13, began to tattoo their faces to make them ugly and to prevent them from being taken to the Burmese palace. Though this tattooing practice has mostly stopped, you can see the tattoos on the older generations.


Day 4 (Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon)
Meal: B

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Sittwe for about 4 hours.

On the way, you will visit to the Mahamunni pagoda.

Take a simple lunch at the local restaurant.

If time permit, visit the fish market and Cultural Museum (if open).

Transfer to Sittwe airport for your flight to Yangon.

Upon arrival, meet your car at the airport and transfer to your hotel.


End of our services.

Services Included:

  • Domestic flight ticket, Yangon – Sittwe - Yangon
  • All transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • 3 night accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking local guide
  • Private boat to Mrauk U from Sittwe
  • Private boat to Chin Village
  • All Entrance fees on tour
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Mineral water & towels

Services Excluded:

  • Tips & Personal Expenses
  • Foods & Drinks, unless specified
  • Insurances
  • Others that not mentioned in the itinerary