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5-Day Sittwe & Mrauk U Excursion, Myanmar

Created with Sketch. Yangon–Sittwe–Mrauk Oo
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Duration

5 Days 4 Nights

Guide

English Speaking Guide

Pick Up Point

Hotel In Yangon

Drop Off Point

Hotel In Yangon

Validity

All Year Round (private Tour – Daily Departure)

Description

Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma). Sittwe, pronounced site-tway in the Rakhine language, is located on an estuarial island created at the confluence of the Kaladan, Mayu and Lay Myo rivers emptying into the Bay of Bengal. The city has 181,000 inhabitants (2006). It is the administrative seat of Sittwe Township and Sittwe District.

Mrauk U  is an archaeologically important town in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. It is also the capital of Mrauk-U Township, a sub region of the Mrauk-U District. From 1430 until 1785, it was the capital of the Mrauk U Kingdom, the most important and powerful Rakhine (Arakanese) kingdom.

Hotels to be used (Subject to change if fully booked)
Notes : If the hotels we mentioned below are fully booked in the period you are staying, there may be some changes.

SittweHotel Memory (Superior room) or similar
Mrauk UShwe Thazin Hotel (Superior room) or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Morning flight from Yangon to Sittwe. Visit and accommodation at Sittwe.
Day 2Sittwe to Mrauk U by car (or) boat. Visit and accommodation in Mrauk U.
Day 3Visit in Mrauk U.
Day 4Today, visit Chin Tattoo Villages. Accommodation in Mrauk U.
Day 5Mrauk U to Sittwe by car (or) by boat. Flight from Sittwe to Yangon.

Know Before You Go (Additional Info)

  • As you will be visiting religious sites, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, and remember to take off your shoes and socks when entering pagoda areas.
  • During Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, most of the restaurants, shops, markets and Museums are closed. Normal tourist sites such as Pagodas, Temples and parks are open but are very crowded. Driving through the city area and to the tourist sites will be difficult due to traffic as most of the people participate in the famous water-festival. You cannot avoid of getting wet if you get out of the car or walk on the roads because everyone throws water to each other during this festival. People drive through the city in open cars and there are lots of stages shows, entertainments and funs along the roads.

Cancellation

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the clients or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):

  • Within 31-22 days prior to arrival date: 30% of package price
  • Within 21-15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of package price
  • Within 14-8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of package price
  • Within 7 days prior to arrival date: 100% of package price

Remark

“Minimum days to book before departure : (10 Days)”

Note and information

A trip to Mrauk Oo must be regarded as an adventure tour because of the prevailing travel conditions: substandard accommodation with infrequent electricity supply, bad roads, old vehicles with NO air conditioning and of doubtful road worthiness, erratic supply of public and private boats, poor condition of boats, etc. Itineraries may have to be changed on the spot because of weather, transportation problems, etc.

In case delays occur in Rakhine State, we recommend that guests travelling to Mrauk Oo allow at least one extra day in Yangon after returning from Sittwe. This is to avoid them missing their international departure flight out of Yangon.

Please note that Mrauk-Oo is located in an area bordering hilly and forested land. Therefore, it is recommended to bring enough insect repellent and to wear comfortable clothing (preferably cotton) covering arms and legs, mainly around dawn and dusk. Even at night it is better to put on night attire covering exposed body parts as much as possible.

The reward for accepting the above inconveniences is that few foreigners currently visit Mrauk Oo – the most important cultural and archaeological site in Myanmar besides Bagan.

It is essential that all guests visiting Rakhine State are fully aware of travel conditions as described above.
Travel to Rakhine State is recommended only during the dry season from November to April – this area is known for its heavy monsoon storms that make travel near impossible from May to September.

Important Notes:

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharges. All supplemental cost to be advised.

Hotels’ normal Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 noon.

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road and/or river conditions, flight schedules and room availability. No refund shall be made for any change during once you have started your tour in Myanmar.

Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

If you wish come to Myanmar during Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, tour price will change and we will let you know the extra charges.

Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.

Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.

All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking.

Nonrefundable deposits may be required.

Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon – Sittwe (-/-/-)
Day 1 Yangon – Sittwe (-/-/-)

Pick up at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Sittwe. Transfer from Sittwe Airport to your hotel. Arrive in Sittwe in early afternoon.
Sittwe, known to the Bengalis as'Akyab', is in Rakhine State and used to be a busy trading port. Sittwe was founded by the British in 1826 and is situated at the mouth of the rivers Kaladan and Lomro near the border with Bangladesh. Due to its history as a major town during the time of the Raj, many people who came here to work came from India - to this day approximately 25% of the people are Muslim of Indian origin. Visit the local market where all kinds of fish and seafood are on sale. Stop at a Buddhist Museum in the grounds of a monastery and see the interesting collection of Rakhine-style Buddha images, silver coins from the Mrauk Oo era and engraved astrological charts. Visit a pagoda and 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. Both Lunch and Dinner by own account. Accommodation at Hotel, Sittwe.

Day 2 Sittwe – Mrauk Oo (B/-/-)
Day 2 Sittwe – Mrauk Oo (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to the jetty where you board your private boat to sail up the river to Mrauk Oo. The journey on the Kaladan River takes from 4 to 6 hours (depending on boat and river conditions) to Mrauk Oo. The journey on the Kaladan River, through changing scenery, upriver towards the hill surrounding Mrauk Oo. Upon arrival in Mrauk Oo, transfer to your hotel for check–in. Enjoy a first sightseeing tour through Mrauk U. Visit most famous Shittaung Pagoda, perhaps the best preserved Pagoda, and home to some 80,000 holy Buddha images. 33 smaller ones, rising from platform to platform, similar in style to Indonesia’s Borobudur, flank the large central stupa. Inside the Pagoda is like a maze and it's fascinating to wander through the interior passages, admiring reliefs and Buddha images in niches. Visit Andaw Pagoda, an eight sided monument which is smaller than Shittaung but with a similar linear layout. Opposite Shittaung, visit Dukkanthein"ordination hall", a construction of laterite and sandstone bricks that resembles a huge bunker from the outside. Enjoy sunset at Harre Taund Pagoda hill. Both Lunch and Dinner by own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Mrauk Oo.

Day 3 Mrauk Oo (B/-/-)
Day 3 Mrauk Oo (B/-/-)

Mrauk Oo (once known as Myo Haung) was Rakhine’s capital 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. Being a great trading centre, it was coveted by many surrounding kingdoms including the Bengalis, the Moguls and the Burmese. The end came about after two disastrous earthquakes in 1761 and 1762, and the takeover of Rakhine by the Burmese King Bodawpaya in 1784. In the wake of the first Anglo-Burman war in 1826, and the subsequent founding of Sittwe by the British as an administrative centre, Mrauk Oo fell into oblivion. Little remains of this wealth but Mrauk Oo has great charm with its many local markets, solid wooden houses, canals, hills and friendly people. Some of the ancient pagodas and ruins can be visited on foot from the town, whilst others require a bullock cart or vehicle.
Visit Laungbankpyauk Pagoda, locally known as "plate pagoda" because a wall at the front is embedded with plate-like tiles in bright colurs.
In the afternoon, visit Mahabandola Monastery (which is in fact like a Museum) to set ancient bronze Buddha images with inscriptions and an interesting collection of Rakhine-style Buddha images. Then see some of the temples of Mrauk Oo, which nestle amongst hills, streams and leafy trees. Stroll through the streets of Mrauk Oo. Late afternoon, go to Shwetaung from where there is a good view over Mrauk Oo. Both Lunch and Dinner by own account . Accommodation at Hotel, in Mrauk Oo.

Day 4 Mrauk Oo – Chin Tatoo Villages – Mrauk Oo (B/L/-)
Day 4 Mrauk Oo – Chin Tatoo Villages – Mrauk Oo (B/L/-)

Visit Mrauk Oo’s Main Market and Koe Thaung Temple. Continue to Lay Myo river bank. Proceed by boat to Chin area (approx. 2h30 boat rides) where you visit 3 Chin Tattoo villages by boat and on foot. Visit a weaving project at the Chin village. The villagers’ life a very basic life style. The ladies are very proud of their tattooed faces and their beautiful weaving designs. Packed lunch boxes will be served during the trip. Return back by boat (approx. 2h30) to Mrauk Oo. Dinner by own account and accommodation at Hotel, in Mrauk Oo.

Day 5 Mrauk Oo – Sittwe – Yangon (B/-/-)
Day 5 Mrauk Oo – Sittwe – Yangon (B/-/-)

Transfer to jetty for departure by private boat (from 4 to 6 hours) back to Sittwe. The journey on the Kaladan River, through changing scenery, downriver towards the sea and Island, surrounding Sittwe. Upon arrival, transfer to Fish market, Cultural Museum (if open). Transfer to Sittwe Air port for domestic flight to Yangon. Transfer to hotel.

Include

  • Transfers and sightseeing services with private (sometimes non air-conditioned) car/bus in Sittwe and Mrauk Oo,
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary,
  • Entrance fees for the places mentioned in the program,
  • Boat Rental charges for Sittwe – Mrauk Oo – Sittwe,
  • All transfers and tours with English-speaking stationed guide or throughout guide with from Yangon escorting throughout the trip with Supplement,
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling,
  • Drinking water during the tour

Exclude

  • Services and meals not mentioned in our itinerary,
  • Spa at hotel,
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels as specified, (Please see hotel rate separately)
  • Domestic airfares (Yangon-Sittwe-Yangon or Sittwe-Thandwe) including insurance surcharge, (Please see domestic airfare separately)

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