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Finding Mrauk U Expedition

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Mrauk U was one of Myanmar’s ancient city, the last great Rakhine capital and once sophisticated centres of trade, commerce and religious importance from 1430 to 1784. when it was one of the richest cities in Asia that garnered the envy of empires from as far away as Europe. Discover the country’s rich cultural and archeological heritage on this tour of the centres that once ruled massive kingdoms.  In its heyday it served as a free port, trading with Asia, the Middle East, Holland, Portugal and Spain. King Minbin (1531–53) created a naval fleet of some 10,000 war boats that dominated the Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Martaban. Many of Mrauk U’s finest temples (Shittaung, Dukkanthein, Laymyetnha and Shwetaung) were built during his reign. Accessible via a pretty 65km boat ride northeast from Sittwe, Mrauk U.

 

Tour Duration: 04 days / 03 nights
Dates:

 

 All Year-Round / Upon Request

You can commence any time of the year

Starts/Ends: Yangon/ Yangon
Tour Type: Culture/ religious/ tribe villages and ways of life/ sightseeing
Activity Level: Normal itinerary
Tour Customizable Definitely! You can absolutely adjust according to your requirement!
Price: Contact us

 

BREIF ITINERRAY:

 

Day 01: Yangon – Sittwe (morning flight), Sittwe – Mrauk U by booked arranged boat.
Day 02: Mrauk U sightseeing by car

Day 03: Daytrip to Chin Tattooed Village by boat

Day 04: Mrauk U – Sittwe –  Yangon

 

Day 01: Yangon – Sittwe –  Mrauk U

Early Morning, our company tour guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer to the airport for flight to Sittwe, the capital and main port of Rakhine (Arakan) by schedule flight (about 1:20 hr flying). Upon arrival in Sittwe, explore the upstream along Kaladan River on boat trip to Mrauk U (appx: 5 hours) a main archaeological site in Myanmar. Mrauk U was once an important trading port with links to Middle East and Europe especially with Portugal, Holland, Arabia, Persia and India. It is only 45 miles from Sittwe and the seacoast. In the east of the old city is the famous Kispanadi stream and far away the Lemro river. The city area used to have a network of canals. Mrauk U maintains a small archaeological Museum near Palace site, which is right in the centre of town. As a prominent capital Mrauk U was carefully built in a strategic location by levelling three small hills. The pagodas are strategically located on hilltops and serve as fortresses; indeed, they are once used as such in times of enemy intrusion. There are moats, artificial lakes and canals and the whole area could be flooded to deter or repulse attackers. There are innumerable pagodas and Buddha images all over the old city and the surrounding hills. Some are still being used as places of worship today many in ruins, some of which are now being restored to their original glory. You’ll have the chance to rediscover this town and see this multi-national influence on the city. Back to hotel and overnight at Mrauk U.

 

 

 

Day 02: Mrauk U Exploration

Enjoy the sunrise from the top of the hill is amazing and feel the tranquil of the scenery! Back to hotel then refresh yourself and have breakfast then continue sightseeing in Mrauk U starting with a visit to the market. Then, visit to Waithali (Vashali) which has been evaluated that the centre of power of the Arakanese world shifted from Dhanyawaddy to Waithali (Vashali)  around 6th century AD. Although it was established later than Dhanyawaddy, Waithali (Vashali)  is the most Indianized of the four Arakanese kingdoms to emerge. Waithali (Vashali)  was based on trade between the East (Pyu city-states, China, the Mons), and the West (India, Bengal, and Persia. the former 2.7 square miles large city was developed by King Mahathain Chandra during the Vesali Dynasty lasted until 8th Century.

Visit the Waithali life-size Buddha images which crafted from one piece of sand stone around 327 AD were recovered from Letkhat-Taung, a hill east of the old palace compound. These statues are invaluable in helping to understand the Waithalian architecture, and also the extent of Hindu influence in the kingdom. The most prominent Buddhist site is the Mahamuni Shrine. According to local legend, the Buddha visited Dhanyawaddy during his life. In Dhanyawaddy, the noblemen and the affluent donated their wealth and possessions (mainly gold and silver), to be melted and cast into an image of the Buddha. The Buddha is said to have provided seven drops of his sweat, taken from his chest, and the drops were added to the molten metals. This allowed the Mahamuni Image, once cast, to be able to preach the Dhamma.When Arakan fell to the Burmese in 1785, the Burmese tried to take away the statue to Amarapura.

Return to Mrauk U by car. Transfer to the hotel and leisure. Afternoon visit to Shakama Village by rowing boat about 30 minute and then visit to museum and palace site dating back to 16th Century. Enjoy sunset at Hurre Taung Hill.
Overnight in Mrauk U.

 

Day 03: Excursion to Chin Tattooed Village by boat

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Chin tribal village by car, stop on the way to take photo of their ways of life and their fishing technique with the bamboo net. The women in Chin village are decorated with tattoo on their faces. Stroll around the village or trek to another village before returning to Mrauk U.
Overnight in Mrauk U.

 

Day 04: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon

  
After breakfast proceed with local boat from Mrauk U to Sittwe. On arrival in Sittwe transfer flight to Yangon. Arrival Yangon, and either continue to scheduled itinerary of your trip to other destinations around Myanmar or The trip ends with full of stories to bring back home.

Services Included

  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation in Double/Twin bedded rooms with daily breakfast
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with driver mentioned in program
  • Round trip domestic flight ticket: Yangon – Sittwe – Yangon with taxes.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Private Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Experienced English-speaking local tour guide in each city.
  • All entrance fees & Zone Fees for sightseeing mentioned in the program.
  • Drinking water (02 bottle of mineral water per day)
  • Government tax & Service tax

 

Services Excluded

  • Early check in and late check-out from hotel
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner as not listed above
  • Visa (Visa Arrangements) to Myanmar
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares and International airport tax in Yangon (US$15.00 per person)
  • Expenditure of personal nature, such as porter charges, camera fees, drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Supplement charges for other language guides on request
  • Services are not listed in above inclusions.

 

 

Child Policy

1.    Infant 2 years and younger will be charged some% of adult fare according to Airline.

2.    Hotel and Meals for Child age 0- 5 years will be free accompanied with adults on sharing basis.

3.    Child age 6- 11 years – will be charged at 50 % of the adult price.

4.    Child age 12 and above will be considered as an adult price.

Cancellation Policy

1.    5 weeks prior to arrival 50 %

2.    2 weeks prior to arrival 75 %

3.    Less than 2 weeks and no show 100 %

4.    Services not utilized after the commencement of the tour; no refund would be given.

 

 

Remarks

Minimum 2 Persons

Rates and Conditions

Please note that only reservation will be made upon receiving of written confirmation and will book the requested services after receiving the confirmation. Until then the proposed hotels and services are subject to availability. If proposed hotels or services are no longer available at time of confirmation, we will book adequate alternatives. The rate may change in such a case.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.

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

[1] Price per person based on two-person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis) during high season (October to April). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

Please be aware during Christmas and New Year time some hotels charge compulsory Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners. Some hotels only announce these shortly before the Christmas holidays. Please contact us for further information.

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