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Mrauk U

Mrauk U (Burma)

Practical information about Mrauk U

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  • Archaeological Site
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  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
4hrs by bus from Sittwe
When to go
Between September and February
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Mrauk U

Virginie Bigeni Travel writer
49 travel articles

A town in Burma's mid-west, Mrauk'U is a site off the beaten track. An erstwhile religious and architectural hub that will appeal to any history lover in search of adventure.

My suggestion:
The site is extensive, so it's worth hiring a guide to show you around, not least because it's poorly sign posted and can be hard to navigate on your own.

Mrauk'U is an important cultural centre that's difficult to access but will please any traveller willing to go deep into a countryside that's off the beaten track during a trip to Myanmar (Burma).

It's a day's journey from Sittwe, situated on the coast. Take a boat up the Kaladan, which has wonderful views along its banks.

Once there, it's worth staying 3 or 4 days, as the site has a lot on offer and you'll enjoy an authentic, almost timeless atmosphere. If there's one place where you shouldn't watch the clock, it's here.

There are numerous temples, so you'll need to make a choice. Throughout my visit there were moments when I felt completely alone, as I barely crossed a soul on my way around the site! In any event, to have the opportunity to delve into the ambiance of this historically rich site, which was once a major policy-making centre, is enough to make the journey worthwhile. You'll feel like an explorer. A must-do if you have the time!

Burmese monks at Mrauk'U