Mrauk U was the capital of Mrauk U Kingdom from 1430 to 1785. At the peak time, the kingdom controlled half of Bangladesh and western part of lower Burma. Many pagodas and temples were built that time and remained up to now.
Because of not much tourism advertisement, Mrauk U is still a very authentic, off-the beaten track place in Myanmar. The best time to visit is from November to mid-March when it’s cooler in the morning with attractive mists.
It is an archaeologically important town of northern Rakhine State. The monuments are divided into groups (northern, eastern, southern, and western). Along with Bagan, Mrauk U is the home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 15th and 18th centuries. It is said to be one of Myanmar hidden charm.
How to go to Mrauk U
At first, we have to reach Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State. The most convenient way is taking an internal flight. There are several reliable airlines such as Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways or Air KBZ.
From Sittwe to Mrauk U
The most popular mean of transport is boat. You can choose either the public/private ferry or private speedboat. The public ferry usually depart at 7.00AM, and takes 6 hours. Meanwhile, the private boat is confirmed in advance and depart anytime. The speedboat takes about 4.5 hours to reach Mrauk U.
Although it is possible to take a car from Sittwe to Mrauk U, the road is very bumpy. The drive is said to take 5 hours for transferring 145km.