Reasons to Visit
The famous Ayeyarwaddy River flows through the heart of the country for 2,000km to a vast Delta region southwest of Yangon and provides an important role in everyday life. A journey on this most majestic of rivers is a highlight of any trip.
Maynmar is home to an astonishing number of ethnicities each with their own traditional dress and customs, and in many cases, language and religion. For the most rewarding encounters we recommend heading to the hills of Shan state where it’s possible to stay in remote villages and receive the most genuine of welcomes and hospitality.
Myanmar is steeped in history and the legacy of various kingdoms and rule is very much in evidence throughout the country from former ancient capitals and grandiose royal palaces around Mandalay to the faded colonial grandeur of Yangon’s municipal buildings built by British hands.
Whether you are shopping for gems in Yangon’s Scott Market, betel nut in Kalaw or intricate lacquerware in Bagan there is no better way to immerse yourself in the way of life than to soak up the atmosphere of a local market.
Wherever you travel in Burma you will only be footsteps away from a temple providing an opportunity to witness the quiet reverence of the Burmese people. Climb up to a viewpoint amongst the ancient stupas of Bagan at sunset, visit stilted temples by boat at Inle Lake or marvel at the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Mrauk U was the capital of Rakhine State from the 15th to the 18th centuries. There are abandoned temples and shrines in most fields and the tops of most hills.
Mrauk-U which straddles the Aungdat Chang river has the feel of a lost city. It is an archaeological site of vastly underestimated importance and also an area of great natural beauty set amidst rolling hills.
The heavy rain during the monsoon makes this region a haven for fruit growing and there are many verdant rice terraces dotted around the area. The farmers will smile at you as they work in the fields with some of the weirdest and wonderful temples in Southeast Asia as their back drop.
Mrauk U is a fascinating destination but the tourist infrastructure in this part of the country is generally of a much lower standard than other, more popular areas in Myanmar. Vehicles and guides are arranged through hotels in the region so it is harder to have direct control over their quality. We do our utmost to secure the best vehicles and guides available in the region but the standard is noticeably different to other parts of the country.
There are currently no air-conditioned cars in Mrauk U and the English comprehension and pronunciation of some of the guides is not as good as we would like it to be. However, they do have good local knowledge. If you have any concerns we can arrange for a guide from the bigger cities to accompany you for this section of the trip.
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