Day-1 YANGON- SITTWE- MRAUK-U (B,L)
After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, we are going to take a late morning flight to Sittwe, the capital of the Arakan State aka Rakhaing/Rakhine, then about 1-hour car-drive from the Sittwe airport to the jetty of Ponnagyun to start our approximately 3-hr Ponnagyun-Mrauk U-private cruise depending on tide, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful with the daily activities, on the river, of fishing, washing clothes at the river bank & swimming, etc.,. In fact, it's a stately-cruised-beautiful voyage, relaxing and enjoying the Kaladan river life, lunch on board the boat. Upon arriving at Mrauk-U, which is the forgotten ancient kingdom (1429–1785) of Araknese kings, transfer to check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the hotel there in Mrauk-U.
Remark: Lunch on board the boat & have a walk in a downtown in Mrauk -U depending on our arrival time there!
Day-2 MRAUK-U SIGHTSEEING (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, a morning visit to Mrauk-U local market to see the everyday people’s ways of life before proceeding to explore the area dotted with such ancient worth-visiting monuments as Lay Mro period Pisi pagoda with 5 sandstone Buddha images strategically located on the mound with nice view up there, the 16th century Koethaung Temple well-known for 90,000 Buddha images in different sizes, a walk to a beautiful Letsaykan Lake and its nearby village where one can see how the drums & fans are traditionally made by hand, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the ancient archaeological site scattered with such monuments as the 16th century magnificent landmark Shithaung Temple boasting 80,000 Buddha images in different sizes, in the shape of the fortress with interior tunnel of maze decorated with stone carving reliefs of the images of Buddha & other beings depicing mainly 547 Jataka stories, the Htukan Sima well-known for its sandstone reliefs with different hair styles of those days, visit a Thet/Sak tribal village to observe one of our almost extinct ancient tribes there, enjoy the sunset from the hillock near the Ratanabon Pagoda, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast
Day-3 MRAUK-U -CHIN VILLAGE SIGHTSEEING (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, half an hour drive to Nankya village, where we take cir 3 -hour-small-private-locally-used-boat trip upstream on the beautiful Lemyo/Lay Mro River to 3 Chin Tribal villages of tattooed-face Chin women by the river shore and we are going to explore, on foot, them when we get there. The scenery along the river is charming and idyllic, sometimes bamboo rafts are coming down the river, villagers are collecting stones & sand from the river bed for commercial purpose, fishing, swimming, washing their clothes by the river shore, etc. At the Chin tribal villages, we can observe the Chin women whose faces are beautified with colourful tattoos in the designs of spider-webs representing their specific clan, also their way of life, lunch will be enjoyed at one of the Tattooed –faced-Chin-women’s villages, after exploration there, all the way back to the hotel in Mrauk-U by boat, by car, then dinner time and overnight stop at the hotel in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch
Day-4 MRAUK-U- SITTWE SIGHTSEEING (B)
After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, in the morning, 3-hour- car-drive to Sittwe, on the way, visit (1) the Vesali village, the former ancient kingdom (327-818 AD), (2) Mahamuni Buddha Image at Kyauktaw, believed to be the original Buddha image cast of Bronze during the time of Gotama Buddha, lunch time, stop at (3) Ponnakyun, to walk through the rope bridge to Urittaung Pagoda to enjoy the nice view up there, (4) a weaving place by the roadside at Kyamathauk Village, proceed to Sittwe to be in time for sunset at (5) the view point overlooking the Bay of Bengal, then drive to check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Sittwe. B=Breakfast
Day-5 SITTWE-YANGON DEPARTURE (B)
Early morning walk from the hotel to the central Sittwe market to be right time there at the fish market where the auction of fish freshly caught from the Bay of Bengal, can be observed together with the interesting morning activities at the market, then back to the hotel for breakfast before check-out at the hotel to visit the cultural museum to study the civilizations, culture, history, etc., of the people living in Rakhine, then a walk in a city to explore by rubbing shoulder with the locals, time for lunch and transfer to the Sittwe airport to take a flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to check-in & overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast