Western Myanmar is best known for two truly amazing destinations in Rakhine State: Ngapali Beach and Mrauk U. Ngapali Beach with its golden sands and clear blue sea is perhaps the most famous beach in all of Myanmar’s vast coastline. Meanwhile, Mrauk U is an ancient capital known for its extensive complex of pagodas. Many tourists who venture this far say that it is even more impressive than the much more frequently visited Bagan.
Ngapali Beach is one of the natural wonders of unspoiled beach. It is an island of great and varied natural beauty, stretching along the Bay of Bengal. The other interesting sites in Ngapali Beach
– The Golden Monk who mummified since 14 year.
– The three pagodas with Buddha Bone, Tooth and Hair Reliqued.
– 18 holes golf club next to the Beach.
– Pottery industry is five miles from the north of Thandwe.
– Seashell Arts Workshop.
– Myanmar Traditional Medicine Herbs garden.
– Agriculture research institute and salt water Dam.
– Pearl Island, Expeditions and Snorkelling by boat.
– A visit to Thandwe, weaving Workshop.
15 Centuries ancient capital, massive “Shitthaung” pagoda with countless BuddhaImages. “Htauk-kant Thein” noted for stone sculpture “Andaw Thein” has unique stone carving & floral design. You can visit the village of big earring ornamented THET tribe & the face tatoo, “Lay Thu” tribe. “Dhanyawady” & “Wesali” ancient capitals are reached by coach.
Temples of Mrauk U Unlike Bagan (pagan), where temple ruins ate strewn over a vast plain, the ruins of Mrauk U sit on or against bulffs in hilly terrain, interlaced with streams and leafy trees. The major sites 1km or 2km northeast of town, there are lots of stupas next to the town itself, especially on hillocks along the stream at the southern end of town- a very nice area for sunrise.
Altogether, there are around 70 named temples, stupa or city-wall sites around Mrauk U, plus dozens of other unnamed sites.
Famous Mahamuni Buddha image, 40 km north of Mrauk U and about 10 km east of the farm town of Kyauk Taw, sits at the northeast corner of the old Dhanyawaddy city site. This was the orginal site for Mandalay’s famous Mahamuni Buddha, a huge and very old bronze Buddha image. King Bodawpaya conquered Rakhine in 1784 and his son took the bigger Mahamuni Buddha image to Mandalay and left the smaller one behind. Now you can see this Buddha Image with Konbaung-style shrine at the present premises.