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.