Union of Myanmar
Sittwe and Mrauk-U
Sittwe, Myaungbwe and Mrauk U are located north of Ngapali Beach,
close to the Myanmar border with Bangladesh. Mrauk U is without
doubt the most interesting and attractive archeological site in
Myanmar, after Bagan. Although infrastructure is poor, a visit to
the "lost city" of Mrauk U is a growing destination in
Sittwe is a small, quiet town, which boasts several interesting
pagodas, monasteries and a magnificent black sand beach stretching
as far as the eye can see. Sittwe is the starting point of a 5 to
8 hour boat ride to Mrauk-U. On the way, enjoy the riverine life
and the surrounding countryside as the river winds its way to Mrauk
Mrauk U, up-river from Sittwe, was an ancient capital city in the
15th century and is only accessible by boat. Shittaung is the best
preserved temple in Mrauk U, it was built in 1535 by King Minbin,
the most powerful of the Rakhine kings. The caves, tunnels, passages
and Buddha images of the Shittaung are utterly intriquing, some
say the construction is similar to Borobudur in Indonesia.
There are 70 other named temples and many other
stupas in the area surrounding Mrauk U, as well as the ruins of
the royal palace and city walls.
Currently still a trip for adventurous travellers,
Sittwe and Mrauk U will certainly one day be included in the itinerary
of visitors to Myanmar.
Ngapali Beach - A Real Unspoiled Treasure
Your dream is to spend a holiday on a white beach, palm trees waving
in the wind, blue sky, lots of sunshine, far away from the busy
world. no noise other than the waves breaking on shore or the singing
birds in the trees. Ngapali Beach is certainly the beach where this
dream can come true ....
Ngapali Beach is located on the west coast of Myanmar,
clsoe to the town of Thandwe and for long has been a favorite beach
destination for Myanmar citizens as well as Yangon expatriates.
The beach stretches along the kidney-shaped bay and is lined with
thousands of palm trees. A few fishing village are hidden from sight
by the trees, and Pearl Island is the only thing to be seen on the
horizon. Underdeveloped and unspoiled, ngapali Beach is truely one
of the most gorgeous beaches in South-East Asia.
Ngapali Beach is still to be considered a remote
area. There are no medical facilities, access to this area is limited
to somewhat irregular flights or an 18 hour overland drive from
Yangon. There is no other entertainment in the area apart from what
is offered in the hotel.
Travelling to Ngapali Beach
Both Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways operate regular flights to
Thandwe, the town near Ngapali Beach. There are two international
style resorts on the beach, making Ngapali Beach an attractive destination
to relax after your Myanmar tour.