As mentioned below by other travellers, Mrauk U is open and tourists are very, very welcome. Foreigners have been reluctant to go there in the past months but It's a really good time to go there now, for at least three reasons: a) it's a beautiful place and much better e.g. for photography than Bagan in my opinion, b) very few tourists, so you can feel as if you were "discovering" this place and not just as being "one of thousands" (there were only ca. 5-10 tourists when we visited in mid-October), and related to that c) in such an attractive place normally all hotels would be fully booked and it was a bit of a shame to see them empty, same with restaurants, so overall it's good to go there now and support this very poor region of the country.
Moe Cherry is by far the best restaurant in town and we can recommend the local guide Mr Myint Zaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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