Bikes Across The Temples of Mrauk U
Tour Code: RTM-MBA-02
Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
Destinations: Sittwe-Mrauk U-Chin village -Sittwe
Recommended Season: From October to April
Price: Upon request
Day 1 : Yangon-Sittwe and rolling the city by bike
Upon arrival at Sittwe airport by flight, warmly welcome by Road To Mrauk-U Travels & Tours and meet and greet your local English speaking guide to transfer to your hotel. Shortly refreshing at your hotel to fit your biking around Sittwe. Your touring of Sittwe starts off along the strand road by the market to breath in the beauty of Kaladan river to Mahakuthala monastery where is a collection of old coins, palm manuscripts, old Buddha images and old lacquer wares. Then heading to the Sittwe a breezy beach riding through the city center enjoy your energetic sunset over the sea from the famous Sittwe View Point. Return back to your hotel by pedaling along the strand road.
Day 2 : Sittwe - Mrauk-U ( Bike & Boat ) (B,L ). Cycling distance 50 km, boating 2-3 hours
It would be very wonderful to visit Sittwe fish market in the morning. After your breakfast in the early morning you will be picked up from your hotel by our guide and leading to fish market which is always bustling with the early life of dwellers. Then start your bike adventure to the lost Arakanese kingdom, Mrauk U. Your luggage will be load to pick up car and will transfer to Boat.
Making our way through the city center and crossing a small bridge to be on the beaten track toward to a small town about 33 km riding. On the way detouring the Rakhine Traditional Longyi weaving center and you will pass one of the major inland transport bridge. Around at about 11 am you will arrive a small town which can remarkable with landmark golden glittering pagoda on the hill. This golden pagoda and small town is just by the Legendry Kaladan river. Load your bikes and board on your private boat to lead a small village with zigzags waterways. It may take 2 to 3 hours depends on the tides. Enjoy your picnic lunch on your boat. Then take a rest to refresh and at mean time, you could gaze the untouched mangroves along the river. When you arrive a small village, prepare to ride the off the beaten path. It would be wonderful to visit that village to see ways of life of local people. You will be warmly welcome to visit family’s houses. Say them Mungalaber ( Mingalabar )…. Drink a cup of tea with local people . Ride your way between the rice field, pass the Nipa palm firm. Short break at the head of the wooden bridge and you will be finally greeted by Hidden Mrauk U at about 5:00-5:50 pm before sunset.
Day 3 : Discovering Mrauk U by bike. Cycling about 30 km
Sunrise of Mrauk U is one of the best place to shot landscape photos. You will be picked up from your hotel in early morning by your guide and ride to break the day light at the dawn time from vantage of Shin Mya Wah hill. Enjoy your memorable sunrise from there.
Then enjoy your breakfast Rakhine Monti rice noddle with fish soup at the local tea shop. After refreshing at your hotel, set off to discover the Hidden Treasure of Mrauk U by cycling across city center of Mrauk U market, the temples, city walls, Letsekan lake, gate, home cottage industry of palm leaf fan production. Your lunch will be served at the local restaurant with Rakhine cuisine. After lunch, taking a break for a while at the hotel.
In the afternoon, touring the temples by cycling in a easy riding to visit the main temples of Shithaung temple, known as 80000 Buddha images enshrined, built in 1535 with sand stone, looks like fortress with interior tunnel and stone carving relief, the adjacent Andaw Thein temple and proceed to Htukan Thein Temple & Lay Myat Hnar). Take a photo panoramic of temples by the Laymyatnhar temple. Enjoy the sunset from a vantage point hill to enjoy the very unforgettable sunset and back to your hotel. Overnight in Mrauk-U.
Day 4: Cycling to Lay Mro river ( Bike & Boat )
It is a wonderful to go Lay Myo Chin villages to see tattooing faces of Chin Ladies as marked for life. Normally tourists visit day return trip from Mrauk U by car & boat. Now we have developed a tour program cycling adventure trip to Lay Mro Chin villages which in pleasant riding on the newly off-road and beautiful landscapes. Set off your bike to challenge cycling from Hotel to Lay Mro river jetty. Boat is waiting to cross the river. Board on your boat and cross the river. Start riding bike along the eastern bank of Lay Mro river though the beautiful greenery seasonal gardens, vegetable cultivation fields, villages such as Let Prat, Grot Chaung, Nyaung Pin Hla until Maw Raw. When we arrive at the head of Maw Raw village, finish morning riding and load bikes on boat. Continuous to tour to Chin village by boat. After visiting Chin village to see an authentic tattooing patterns, break for your lunch Lay Mro river Bamboo House. After lunch visit another Chin village, Pann Paung by boat and from there sailing downstream along Lay Mro river about 2 hours. Then ride back to Mrauk U.
Day 5. Mrauk-U – Sittwe ( by car ) - Yangon / Ngapali Beach
Morning breakfast at hotel. Check out from hotel & drive to Sittwe if time permit, lunch break at the restaurant and transfer to Sittwe domestic airport for the flight back to Yangon/ Ngapali Beach. Bye Bye amazing land and your cycling guide. We are sure the trip will be memorable for evermore.
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Optional trip to extend Ngapali Beach for your leisure at the end of trip is available upon your request.