Mrauk Oo is one of Myanmar’s hidden gems: a former kingdom filled with impressive monuments set amid the hills in the far west of the country. This itinerary is ideal for nature and history lovers who are seeking an adventure far away from the tourist trail.

Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk Oo –Yangon

Tour Code# 010

 

Day 1     Arrival Yangon

Welcome to Yangon and the start of your Myanmar holiday! Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in before commencing sightseeing. You will be introduced to Myanmar culture and traditions with your first visit to Botahtaung Pagoda, a glittering riverside stupa that is always busy with worshippers. Nearby, in the center of downtown, you will explore Sule Pagoda, the City Hall and the green gardens at Mahabandoola Park. Continue to Chauktatgyi Pagoda which is home to a massive reclining Buddha with intricate carvings on its feet. Towards the end of the day, visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda where you will walk around the 99-metre gilded stupa as the light of day fades in to darkness. (Meals: Lunch)

Day 2     Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk Oo

Today is spent traveling to Mrauk Oo, an exciting adventure to the one of Myanmar’s most remote regions. You will start with a flight to Sittwe, a charming fishing town on the Kaladan River. Take a short tour of the town before boarding a private motorboat for the 6-7 hour journey to Mrauk Oo. Relax on board and enjoy the serene scenery of the waterway. In the late afternoon you will reach the Mrauk Oo jetty and take a short drive to your hotel for check in. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3      Mrauk Oo

Spend a full day exploring Mrauk Oo and its surroundings. Mrauk Oo was capital of the Arakan State in the 1400s and flourished until the late 1700s. These days many of the monuments from that era with pagodas dotting the hills and plains for as far as the eye can see. You will visit the main sites today as well as many lesser-known monuments. One of the most impressive monuments is Shittaung Temple which has more than 80,000 Buddha images and was built in less than a year. Andaw pagoda is another highlight with its unusual design: the main building is octagonal in shape with 16 smaller stupas surrounding it. After a full day of exploring you will travel to the top of Htoke Kan Thein Temple, which has a collection of 146 Buddha niches, and enjoy watching the sun set over Mrauk Oo. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 4     Mrauk Oo – Vesali – Mrauk Oo

Today you will explore the areas surrounding Mrauk Oo, discovering the natural beauty of the region as well as learning more about the rich history of the Arakan State. Firstly you will head to Vesali, an ancient capital established in 372 AD. The scenic drive takes you through lush rice fields and pristine landscapes. In Vesali you will visit Sutaung Pye Buddha image. This image is unique as the Buddha and its pedestal are carved from one gigantic piece of solid stone. From Vesalli continue to Mahamuni, a drive of around 2 hours through more beautiful countryside. This pagoda now houses 3 Buddha images, one of which dates back to 500 AD, and was the original site of Mandalay’s Mahamuni image. The Mahamuni Buddha image was moved to Mandalay in the late 1700s when the Myanmar king invaded the Arakan State. Return to Mrauk Oo, arriving in the early evening to your hotel. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5     Mrauk U – Sittwe

After breakfast this morning you will visit Mrauk Oo’s morning market where fresh fish and other items are for sale. Then continue to the Bandoola Monastery which houses a large collection of antiques from the Arakan Empire. Return to the hotel to check out and then board a private boat for the return trip to Sittwe. Upon reaching the jetty you will transfer to your hotel for check in. Should you wish, you can head to a scenic place to watch the sun set over the town and Kaladan River. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 6     Sittwe – Yangon

Transfer to the airport this morning after breakfast for the flight to Yangon. Your guide and driver will first take you to your hotel for check in and then you will spend the remainder of the day exploring the city. Start with a visit to Bogyoke Market (note: Market is closed on Monday’s and public holidays). Also known as Scott’s Market, this is the best place to shop for Myanmar handicrafts such as lacquerware, marionettes or longyis. You will then continue toward the center of town for a walking tour through the streets of downtown. See street stalls selling lottery tickets, snacks, fresh fruits and more. Pass by houses of worship from various religions including Buddhist pagodas, Muslim mosques, Christian churches, Hindu temples and even a Jewish synagogue. And walk through Chinatown to see the fascinating mix of temples, shrines and food stalls. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7     Departure

Today is departure day. Enjoy leisure time until transferring to the Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. (Meals: Breakfast)



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