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“Highly recommended”
Review of Mrauk U

Mrauk U
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

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 (mraukuguide@gmail.com).

Visited October 2013
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“Mrauk U open”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

I have just returned from a visit to Mrauk U, which is well worth the effort to get there. Tour Mandalay organized a guide and a boat to take me from Sittwe - the journey time is 5 hours on the Kaladan River. Quite scenic with rice paddies on either side and a wonderful sunset. We set off at 2 pm and arrived at 7 pm, the last 1 1/2 hours in the dark. The river narrows and then just around the bend one sees the lights of Mrauk U. I stayed in the Shwe Thazin - the accommodation was adequate and the staff friendly. I asked for an electric kettle, which they supplied me with. Although the breakfast is OK, I would not recommend eating there in the evening. Far better to go to Moe Cherry's but stop by earlier in the day to let them know what you want to eat. I only met three other tourists: a Japanese man and a German couple so the area around the temple sites was peaceful.

Visited September 2013
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Byron Bay, Australia
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“Mrauk U is open to tourists”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

We can recommend Mrauk U as a great place to visit. Don’t expect flash accommodation but you can expect adequate places to stay. If you wish to see the attractions before they get touristy now is the time to go. The place can be visited without a permit and without a guide. We did however choose to hire a guide who charged us US$20 a day after negotiation. If you can afford a guide it is well worth it. You will get taken further up the river and see, more, less visited Chin Villages and shown around the immediate area of Mrauk U in a far more informative manner. An added bonus is having your travelling organized for you and having the little well known things arranged such as a deck chair on the government boat (very important on a 5 hour trip).
Our Guide was Myint Zaw (pronounced Min Zu) he spoke very good English, organized things very well and showed a great deal of knowledge. His contact details are below
Email: mraukuguide@gmail.com
Phone: 09421711616
One tip; is to spend as little time as possible in Sittwae.

Visited September 2013
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Rome, Italy
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“MRAUK U IS OPEN TO TRAVELLERS!”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Firt news: No prolem or going to Mrauk U.
No government permit is necessary.
No travel agency arrangement is necessary (just, if you like to be packaged by a travel agency).
Don't believe to most travel agents in Yangon. They simply don't like to plan trips there, and they are aimed to redirect ou to other destinations.
Sittwe is completely quiet.
Mrauk U is simply fantastic. No tourists (we met last week no more than 4 people). Untouched environment and people. Tens of temples. They resemble those in Bagan, but are more fascinating in some instances, sincethey have ot been 'restored'.
I suggest to skip Chin villages: very few old tatooed women and villages like those you can find close to Mrauk U (and 2.5 hours of boat).

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Aung Zan - Travel Guide Around Mrauk U and Chin Villages”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

Mrauk U is an amazing place and has hundreds of century old temples spread out across the fields around which everyday village life goes on. Having only three nights there - only two full days really - and wanting to see all there was to see and also do a day trip to the Chin Villages I hired a local guide, Aung Zan. Aung Zan is based at the Hay Mar Teahouse which is around near the jetty where all boats coming from Sittwe arrive. Aung Zan speaks great English, knows a lot of people in Mrauk U - and in the Chin Villages, and has a great knowledge of the area and history. He also uses one of the best jeeps I've seen in Myanmar to get around Mrauk U. The first day we drove all over Mrauk U and saw all the major and many minor temples and sites. On the second day I went with him, his wife, ad one of his daughters to the Chin Villages, travelling up the Lemro River then light trekking through some villages. Aung Zan arranged all transport and also lunch, food for the trip, and even some cold beer. Recommned you do these trips in small group as you still pay almost the same price by yourself. When Aung Zan isnt taking individuals or groups around you'll find him at his teahouse on the jetty and welcoming and assisting tourists when boats from Sittwe arrive.

Visited July 2012
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