Author: Guido Helbling, Avosound - Last updated November 09, 2017
In the afternoon we decided to move on to Mrauk U from Bagan, but we didn't quite know what to expect. The hotel booked the last two seats on the bus for us. We take a taxi and drive past Mt Poppa.
Those willing to travel to Mrauk U will discover a small city with an impressive temple complex open to visitors.
Mrauk U is easy to reach by bike. There's also lots to see around the city. Booking a guide is highly recommended if you want to race through the bumpy streets in a tuk tuk. There are more temples, palaces and buddha statues around the city as well. The tattooed Chin women are also worth a visit.
According to the legend, the beautiful women of the Chin tribe used to be kidnapped by barbarians. In order to appear more fearsome to the barbarians, the women began to tattoo their faces. While their faces and tattoos might still seem beautiful even today, we didn't actually manage to visit the Chin women. Instead we looked at more pagodas and temples. The temples in Mrauk U look different from similar monuments in Burma. They resemble bulwarks and look rather imposing. But they do sport lots of ornaments too, mainly buddha figures and stupas.
If you intend to visit Burma, you should pick a cooler season. Looking back, we regret visiting the country in March. At least it only rained twice during our entire stay -- and both times it was just a few drops (the rainy season is a different matter, though).
Should you be travelling during the rainy season, you will have a whole different set of problems. The ideal time to visit Myanmar is between October and December.
And if you pick the right season without any floods or dry spells, you will find Myanmar to be a green, flowering place.
Myanmar is definitely worth a trip; it has remained virtually unchanged, sporting only few of the architectural sins and shopping malls that blight the landscapes of other Asian countries like Thailand or Vietnam.
But ever since the country opened its borders to tourists, Myanmar has been changing too. Nyaung Shwe (on the Inle lake) is a good example of that: it is cluttered with tourist agencies, all offering the same tours.
In case you decide to visit the country, we wish you a safe, beautiful trip to Myanmar. [ Enter your own travel log here or send us a message! ] Before you hop onto the plane, make sure to read our 14 Burma Travel Tips.