Rakhine and East Bengal Coast- A Secret Retreats journey -
Thinn Thinn Hlaing
Native from the Shan State, but passionate about Rakhine culture and History, Thinn Thinn is the manager for 10 years of Mrauk U Princess Resort, and has crafted many activities and excursions interacting with local communities around Mrauk U and the stunning Temples
Highlights of the Journey:
- Yangon and its historic role as the Capital of Burma
- Mrauk U and its temples
- White sand beaches of Ngapali
The Lost Kingdom of Arakan!
Unified from the 15th century with Mrauk U as its capital and over 700 temples, the state of Arakan (now known as Rakhine State) was particularly prosperous thanks to its commercial links with India, Persia and also Portugal or the Netherlands. Attacked by the Burmese king Bodawpaya, the region passed under Burmese rule before being controlled by the British during the colonial period in the 19th century. Sittwe then becomes the main port of Burma. Rich, but strategic, the state has often been caught in conflict, but at the same time remains one of the most mysterious and captivating states to visit.
The south of the state also offers peaceful beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, including the most famous one: Ngapali.
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Your Journey Day by Day
based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room
Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline.
In the late evening, proceed to Shwedagon Pagoda. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72-carat diamond. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning almost 2,500 years.
Private short walking tour under the arrangement of Yangon Heritage Trust http://www.yangonheritagetrust.org/home
2 options for you to choose to continue the day:
1-Get an insider’s taste of life in Yangon’s vibrant historic downtown.
Beginning at YHT’s office on lower Pansodan Road, the tour passes through leafy Bank Street, lined with fascinating historic buildings. We then visit key sites in the city’s central area, including City Hall, the High Court, and (on Sunday mornings) the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue* while exploring historic residential streets. The tour ends at Bogyoke Market in the morning and on 19th Street, a local nightlife hotspot, in the evening.
* The Synagogue is only open in the morning and closed on Sundays.
2- Visit historic places of worship and learn about Yangon’s amazing cultural diversity.
Since its founding, Yangon has been a city of diversity. Join this tour to explore the busy downtown where all the world’s major religions are observed, and people of diverse backgrounds live in harmony. The tour will visit pagodas, mosques, churches, temples and a synagogue. It starts at the YHT office on Pansodan Street and ends at Guangdong Guanyin Temple on Latha Street.
* Please wear respectful clothing.
Lunch break at leisure and resting time at the hotel.
In the evening proceed to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the Buddha image we can see today is almost 66m long and 17m high, and there are 108 auspicious signs displayed for visitors.
We recommend to taste our Secret Tables Seeds Restaurant by the lake Inya (please confirm and we will make the reservation for you).
Transfer back to you the hotel.
The cruise is not just a transfer but actually a half-day sightseeing through the river life and sceneries of rural Rakhine. A lunch is cooked and served on board. Check in and rest at the property for the evening. Dinner at leisure.
One day, we drive you by car to a local market to experience the exotic local life, then we continue to Pisi Phaya, which has a spectacular view over the temples, city walls and its gates, as well as nearby farms and explore the impressive Koe Thaung temple with the 90,000 images, built in 1553 by King Minbun’s son, King Mintaikkha. The visit continues with Pharaouk temple, Mong Khong Shwe Du and Zina Manaung.
We stop also at a traditional fan making place and visit Lakse Lake, the moat and water reservoir of the last palace of Mrauk U. Return to the hotel for lunch and relax.
One afternoon we will visit Shitthaung temple, a maze-like temple. It is the most outstanding monument, containing an astonishing collection of over 80,000 Buddha relics and images. Next is Andawthein Ordination Hall, containing rare stone carvings and the circular Ratanabon Pagoda, Dukkhanthein temple, a huge fortress-like temple with vaulted passages containing interesting stone sculptures and Laymyetnha-four faces of Buddha Images.
One of the two evenings (unless you prefer at sunrise), we will capture a memorable sunset over the panoramic view of Mrauk U from the top of the hill. Enjoy a glass of champagne and some canapes, seeing the sun coming down behind the hills. The mist adds to the mysteriousness of the scene. Dinner at leisure.
Once landed at Thandwe domestic airport, we will also assist you with the immigration process and escort you to our very unique buses: used during World War II by the American troops and entirely renovated for the guests comfort these buses represent one of the Resort's trademarks.
From the airport it will take approximately 20 minutes to reach the Resort, on the way, have a glimpse at local life along the coast of Ngapali.
As the story goes...
Many years ago a young Italian traveler lived for a while along this beach. He fell in love with the sand and the sea, reminding him of his home in Naples. Most probably over the years Naples and the local pronunciation of its Burmese name meaning “inveigling Fish” became known as Ngapali. This beach is located in the state of Rakhine, facing the Bay of Bengali. Thandwe (Sandoway during British time) is about 25 minutes drive to the Resort and 15 minutes drive to the airport. Ngapali is a 3km long white sandy pristine beach overlooking the clear bluewater of the Bay of Bengal, backed by swaying coconut palms and casuarinas-trees. After sunset, the sea in front of the beach is lit by the lanterns of the fishermen’s boats and can be seen until morning.
Check in to the hotel for 5 nights.
Rakhine and East Bengal Coast
based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room
The total price includes:
Accommodation based on two persons sharing the same room as indicated
All meals where specified in the programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
All transfers as specified, in private car or air-conditioned van.
All domestic flights and boats mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as specified in the programme (including hot air balloon)
All entry fees.
A guide service for all excursions.
The total price does not include:
Meals not specified in the programme.
All services not specified in the programme.
All insurances including cancellation insurance/ travel insurance/ repatriation or lost luggage insurance.
Visa to Myanmar
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