Sittwe is a ancient town located on the Bay of Bengal. The confluence of three rivers emptying into the sea created several small islands. Sittwe is a very important port town for the Rakhine State as it is the capital of the State and also the gateway to the archaeological site of Mrauk U.
Although there is not much to do in Sittwe, there are a few highlights not to be missed. There are the Payagyi Temple, a Buddhist Museum and the View Point. The museum hosts a variety of Rakhine style Buddha images from various periods. Don’t miss the sunset over the Bay of Bengal at the View Point, a nice recreational spot situated along the coast. Before you leave, be sure to try some traditional Rakhine food, it is said to be the best in the state.
Mrauk U is an archaeological treasure trove and medieval town in Rakhine State. The town is located east of the Kaladan River, and it is surrounded by hills to the north and south. Stretching along the Bay of Bengal it occupies a narrow strip of land in the west of the Myanmar.
It was founded in 1431 by King Min Saw Mon and served as the last capital of the Rakhine Kingdom. There are many ancient sites to see, and some of them date further back than those in Bagan. Some of the most notable pagodas are the Shite-Thaung Temple (Temple of 80,000 Images), Htukkanthein (Htukkan Ordination Hall), Koe-Thaung (Temple of 90,000 Images) and the Five Mahn Pagoda.