Mrauk U is another stunning ancient city in Myanmar. Mrauk U was once the capital of a mighty Arakanese kingdom from the 15th-18th century. Left from this kingdom in the Rakhine State of Myanmar are about 700 pagodas and temples. Hmm, hundreds of pagodas and temples, isn't there another famous place like that in Myanmar? Yup, Bagan! However, there are many differences between them, which makes them both unique and worth a visit.
With a tourist visa you are allowed to stay for 28 days in Myanmar. Most people, who have the time and money, would like to stay longer. So what do you need to do if you are already in the country and want to extend your travels in this magnificent country? Well, actually nothing. You will have nothing to worry about - until you departure. Okay, let's get a bit more detailed here.
What to do and see in Myanmar is a hard decision, there are countless things. I was lucky enough to get to know and love Myanmar during 8 weeks. In those 8 weeks I tried to learn and see as much as possible. On one hand I have visited places like Bagan and Inle Lake, which might be the two most frequented tourist spots and places where the locals saw a western person for the first time in their lives. Now that I had some time to reflect my journey I tried to make a list of my personal top 10 highlights in Myanmar. It was not easy at all, since this country has so much to offer. I would like to point out that the order has no specific meaning.
Paradise Beach (resp. Zat Sar Aw or San Sa Aw) is a stunning beach on the Dawei Peninsula in Myanmar. It was by far my favourite beach and the name 'Paradise' is totally deserved. The name 'Paradise Beach' was given by the owners of the 'Myanmar Paradise Beach Bungalows'. In early 2016 they finished the first bungalows and opened this spot for tourists. It is still off the beaten track and not listed in any travel guides, except for a handful travel blogs.
Tizit is an amazing beach in the South of Myanmar. I call it the hidden beach, just because how we got there was already a great experience. So far you will not find any information about this place anywhere except for a few other travel blogs. I heard about this place when I asked at the reception of my guesthouse if they knew of any beautiful beaches.
Southern Myanmar is still very much off the beaten track. So far most travellers who plan to go south only make it to Hpa-An and Mawlamyine, cities which can also be considered as quite off the beaten track if compared to Bagan and Inle Lake.
A small percentage decides to go further south or crosses the border Phunaron/Htee Kee or Ranong/Kawthaung in the south and then travels up to the north. Those people encounter places like untouched and diverse beaches or small cities and villages, where it feels like everyone is a friend of yours since the people are unbelievably kind, honest and helpful.