Mrauk U in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State has long captured my imagination. It contains many elements that create a memorable trip, such as a comfortable hotel, an ancient kingdom with impressive ruins, a lively local culture, as well as interesting Chin tribal villages that can be visited in a long but worthwhile day trip.

The town of Mrauk U is located not far (about five miles or so) from the Kaladan River. Lakes, mangroves and marshes decorate the scenic landscape, which is very pretty indeed. Mrauk U means “The First Accomplishment,” and the village was once the powerful center of the Arakanese (Rakhine) Kingdom. This was an epoch that began back in 1430 and stretched until 1785.

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