Largely unknown to the Western world for much of its
turbulent history, Rakhine played a pivotal role in the
exchange of cultures and religions between India and the
Southeast Asia. For over a thousand years the region which
now forms the Rakhine State from Myanmar, was an independent
state whose rich history is only slowly being paid the
attention it deserves.
Shittthaung Pagodas, Ananda Sandra Pillar, Andaw Thein
temple, Yadanarpon temple, Dukkanthein or Htoke Kan Thein,
Koe Thaung Pagodas, Pitakataik (or) the Library, Five
Victory Pagodas, Palace Site, the ancient ruins of Mrauk U
period, Mrauk U Museum showing information about the ancient
Rakhine eras are the main places to visit in Mrauk U.
Sittwe is the Capital city of the Rakhine State, and
Sittwe is situated on an estuarial island at the confluence
of the Kaladan River, Myu River, and Lemyo River. Thandwe
has the main airport of the Rakhine State. Kyaukphyu is
another commercial town. The Ann Pass is an important trade
route and rises to a height of 4664 feet above sea level.
Rakhine welcomes you with hospitality and culture. There are
many places to stay in Sittwe. Mrauk-U has three good
hotels. The Mrauk-U hotel owned by the government and two
private owned hotels Nawarat and Prince Guest House that have
recently been opened. The small Prince hotel is economical and
has licence to accept foreign tourists.