From the trip to Sittwe and Mrauk-U, Burma February 13 -16, 2011

2 Comments to Mrauk-U

  1. hoon

    hi there
    thanks for yr pics on burma.
    i hv been to burma over 15 times but never been to mrauk u
    thanks so much for the pics.
    can you pls provide more details abt mrauk u
    worth going or not as is there only one site to visit
    this ancient site as i understand it is quite far away
    and airfare quite pricey…

    and also how is the feel there… i mean when we went to inle
    it is so nice there – so spacious and clean and also is the same
    on the way to shan state….

    we dont like mawlamyine so much, we felt the place is dense

    so kindly share with us your experiences as we are going again
    next year and we dont want to spend a lot to go to a place
    that is not so nice as money is so hard to earn and it is getting
    expensive to go to burma now.

    thanks in advance

    • Andrew

      Hi Hoon,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting on my web site.

      Mrauk U is an interesting place, especially if you’re a stupa or temple lover. For general tourism, I think it is a bit overrated.

      1) Lodging is pricy for what you get

      2) There are only 2 small restaurants. Mostly, you end up eating all meals at your place of lodging.

      3) The place is a bit dirty, lots of trash lying around. The villagers are poor and the place lacks an ambience. Something is missing.

      4) The trip up to Mahamuni is expensive by private jeep, on a dusty, bumpy road. I chose not to go after I heard about the trip from others.

      On the plus side, it’s fun to bike around since everything is so accessible. The boat trip from Sittwe is enjoyable, as long as you take the big ‘fast’ boast that will take about 3 hours. Avoid the hiring of a private boat, which is expensive and slower than the ‘fast’ boat. Sittwe is just a stop over place, not much ambience either.

      As long as you don’t have high expectations, you might find it an interesting backwater. It cannot be compared to Bagan, which is world class.

      Hope this helps….

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