Mrauk-U is another interesting historical site in Rakhine, fast becoming a tourist attraction. Mrauk-U was founded in 1430 AD and flourished till 1785 as recorded in its history. Known as the Golden City by foreign travelers of the era it was a focus of trade due to its strategic on the coastal region of Bay of
Bengal by the Bangladesh frontier. Many historical sites such as the old palace grounds and ancient pagodas principally Shitthoung Pagoda (Eighty thousand pagodas), the old city of Vesali, the Mahamuni Image of Kyauktaw offers a glimpse into the Rachine state.
Monywa is 136 km northwest of Mandalay. It lies at the heart of the Chindwinn Valley and serves as a major trading center for the area. Sites to see in Monywa are Thanboddhay Pagoda, which was built between 1939 and 1952 by Moehnyin Sayadaw. The solid section of the monument is said to enclose 7350 relics and other holy material. Inside, the votive Buddhas of bone and other materials decorate every wall and archway halfway to the ceiling, and there are larger sitting and standing Buddhas in niches. Altogether, these images reportedly number 582,357. Boddhi-tataung (1000 Buddhas), a grove of banyan trees, each with a Buddha at its foot. Kyaukka village, 16 km east of Monywa, known for its own style of lacquer-ware.
Accross the chindwin river the unique caves
"in sithu" of Powing Taung dated
from 11century onwards , outstanding
frescoes, statues and carving...
The Golden Rock
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda - the magnificent golden rock is the most incredibly meditative and popular tourist attraction in Mon State. A small stupa sits on top of a huge boulder covered in gold leaf, which balances on the edge of a cliff at the top of Kyaikhto Mountain. Legend has it that the boulder balances on the cliff thanks to the hair of the Buddha, which is preserved inside the stupa. Kyaikhtiyo is an important place of pilgrimage for all Buddhists and there is a well-beaten part up to the top of the mountain. Devotees will normally make the full 13km clime on foot from the base-camp, however it is possible to take a public trucks up to the next camp from where it takes only about 45 minutes to walk up. A spectacular view await at the top, especially at sunrise or sunset.
Chin State is located at the western part of Myanmar bordering with India. Mountainous region,
higher than the Shan hills. Chin is one of the National races of
Myanmar and differ as Northern Chin and Southern Chin.
Chin hill is an interesting tourist site for
its minorities groups and adventurous journey
to Mount Victoria, 3053 meter high at the southern part.
Access by road to Mount Victoria in two routes. The first route is to cross the Ayeyarwaddy River by Z craft and proceed to Mindat along Kanma, Pauk, Kyaukhtu road, which distance is 92 miles takes one day. The second route is
from Bagan cross the bridge at Chauk,
proceed to Saw, Kanpetlet - 97 miles, a day trip.
As the roads are not all weather-roads the best time to visit Mount Victoria is November to March. Both Mindat and Kanpetlet is the base of Mount Victoria and have facilities for accommodation.
This is the best place for hiking to nearby villages to see the
life of the locals, Chin ladies with tattooed
face and bird watching. The true heart of Traditional Chin Culture is found in the South - Paletwa, just over the state line from the Rakhaing State, can be reached via boat along the Kaladan River from Sittwe or Kyauktaw. A new road between Mahamuni and Paletwa will also allow vehicles to travel direct from Mrauk-U. In the Chin hills some
women still tattoo their faces, though it's a custom that is fading fast. At higher elevations they wear thick striped cotton blankets, draped over the body, and ornaments of copper and bronze.