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Western Myanmar

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Western Myanmar is a region of Myanmar.

Cities[edit]

  • Sittwe (Akyab) - the capital of Rakhine State.
  • Thandwe
  • Hakha - the capital of Chin State
  • Mindat - town in Chin mountains
  • Kanpetlet - a small town in Southern Chin State

Other destinations[edit]

Mrauk U, the old capital of Rakhine

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Get in[edit]

The simplest way to get to the Rakhine region is to fly from Yangon to Sittwe. As with all domestic flight schedules these can be erratic so try to give yourself some extra time on either end for connections.

Get around[edit]

Renting a private boat and guide to get up the Kaladan River to Mrauk U and points further is not too expensive and makes for a very interesting trip. Note that as of Autumn 2008 boats can not leave after about 11am due to possible dangers on the river if you get stuck there with a breakdown after sunset, so you may need to overnight in Sittwe after you fly in before you can head up river.

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  • Rih Lake (Rih Dil), located in northwestern Chin State in Myanmar (It lies at about 3 kilometers from Zokhawthar, the nearest village situated at an Indo-Burma border). It situated in 545 acres of protected public forest and is home to a wide range of colorful and attractive birds. It is said that the name “Rih” derives from a famous Mizo folktale. It has a heart-shaped outline. It is about 1 mile in length and half-a-mile in width. It is approximately 50 feet in depth but in the deepest part of the water it can be 60 feet in depth. It has bluish color and there are white lotus, red lotus and water hyacinth blooming in the water. The scenery of this lake alongside with mountains and the beautiful flowers blossoming around and inside the lake is so pretty that it cannot be described with words. This lake has the real defined heart-shaped lake than any other lakes in the world. The history of this Rih lake is so mysterious. There is a belief in Chin people that when a person die, for the soul of the dead person to reincarnate into the next life, they have to come to the Rih lake and drink Lone Lo Thway (lake water which they assume that it can make them forget their past lives) and have to wear Hoilopar flower. So that the soul of the dead person will vanish their yearning from the past lives and will go into the water with the clear mind to reincarnate into the next life. This lake has the real defined heart-shaped lake than any other lakes in the world. Myanmar is a unique, historical and magical land which is not only famous for the golden architectures and world heritage sites but also rich in the natural resources and lakes such as Inle Lake, Inya Lake, Inn Daw Gyi Lake, Rih Lake, and Taung Tha Man Inn, etc. Among them, Rih Lake is one of the most unspoiled lakes which is quite pristine because it is a new tourist attraction to visit in Myanmar.  edit
  • Thayar Kan Chei Recreation Centre, on the Bay of Bengal in Rakhine State (about 100 km (60 miles) south of the better-known Ngapali Beach). “Thayar” means pleasant, pleasurable, and delightful. The official name in English is Pleasant Beach as its natural beauties of unspoiled nature. Absolutely pristine and quiet, Kanthaya beach with yellow sand mixed gravel will deliver you a private space in your Myanmar beach holiday to enjoy comfort, escape from the noisy urban, and get rid of sorrows as well as fatigue. There are no services for modern sporty games or big shops on the beach, you will immerse yourself into the completely serene and pure beach. Kanthaya beach indeed is an ideal choice in Myanmar tours for those who want to have a new experience with pristine beaches that have not had any human impact.  edit

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  • Kanthaya Beach. Kanthaya Beach, one of the most peaceful and quiet beaches in Myanmar, is on the Bay of Bengal in Rakhine State, about 100 km (60 miles) south of the better-known Ngapali Beach. The former name of Kanthaya Beach was Thayar Kan Chei Recreation Centre. These names are all derived from the name of the nearby village of Thayar Gyaing. “Thayar” means pleasant, pleasurable, and delightful. The official name in English is Pleasant Beach as its natural beauties of unspoiled nature. Absolutely pristine and quiet, Kanthaya beach with yellow sand mixed gravel will deliver you a private space in your Myanmar beach holiday to enjoy comfort, escape from the noisy urban, and get rid of sorrows as well as fatigue. There are no services for modern sporty games or big shops on the beach, you will immerse yourself into the completely serene and pure beach. Kanthaya beach indeed is an ideal choice in Myanmar tours for those who want to have a new experience with pristine beaches that have not had any human impact. As Kanthaya is an untouched beach, instead of enjoying exciting water-sport games like in Ngwe Saung Beach, Kanthaya is a wonderful destination where tourists can visit the offshore islands and reefs by boat. Kanthaya provides the best insight into the country’s coastal life.which you can see many types of tropical birds that can be spotted from the beach, and the oriental style of huts and houses with their hand-woman mat walls. If possible, you can climb the small ridge of hills at the back of the hotel to sit near the reservoir to see the intensive view of the beach, the islands, and the ocean. As Kanthaya is unspoiled, you are not able to book a hotel in advance, but it should not be difficult to find a room in the nearby village. Some good guest houses are Aung Chan Thar, Sakawar, and Royal Rose. The most convenient way to get to Kanthaya is by car from Yangon. The road from Yangon goes across the new Bayinnaung Bridge in West Yangon to the new town of Hlaing Thayar and from there it is only about an hour’s drive to Nyaungdon where you cross the third bridge across the Ayeyarwady called Bo Myat Tun Bridge which connects Nyaungdon with Setkaw.  edit

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Stay safe[edit]

There is some concern about being on the Kaladan River after sunset, purportedly due to danger of being robbed.

Get out[edit]

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