Six Day Adventure to Myanmar’s Ancient Kingdoms
This six-day adventure trip between the ancient kingdoms of Bagan and Mrauk U might not appeal to everyone, but it’s ideal for travelers who can do without their phones or the comforts of electricity for a week.
Khiri Travel is the first tour operator to bring travelers to the Mrauk U region via this challenging route to the far west of the country, through the Chin and Arakan ranges. For the first time in centuries it is possible to travel through this forgotten part of Myanmar where time seems to have stood still.
The six-day trip offers fantastic scenery, remote Chin villages, plantations, jungle, boat rides, two days of reasonably strenuous hiking, and a glimpse into a rich living history that few people outside of Myanmar have ever seen.
The facilities during much of the trip are basic: Local houses with mosquito nets and blankets, and washing facilities, either at the communal well or in the river. Meals consist of simple local dishes prepared mostly by our guide.
After Bagan, highlights include a 4WD trip through dry mountain riverbeds where there are no bridges and a two-hour hike to the top of Mt. Kanpetlet (formerly Mt. Victoria) at over 3000 meters. Visitors can also swim in the seven-tiered waterfall at the source of the Lay Myo River amid impressive forested mountains.
Between Matupi and Amsway, visitors get to test their mettle further with a 22 km hike and an overnight in a local house, sleeping on bamboo mats.
Further on between Ma Du and Law Thu – in a day with a 29 km walk – visitors may see local women with their faces fully tattooed – an old habit said to make them look too bizarre to be abducted by kings of the former Bagan Empire.
Like many other pioneering Asian adventure trips, the journey includes a boat ride – this one on the Lay Myo River – all the way from Chin State to Rakhine State. The river runs through mildly turbulent white water and then becomes calmer as it reaches the valley that holds the archaeological ruins of Mrauk U.
The area is rich in historic remains from the 14th to 18th centuries when Mrauk U was the capital of the Arakanese Empire, which stretched from the Ganges to the Irrawaddy River.
From Mrauk U it is easy to take a boat to Sittwe for onward domestic flights in Myanmar or to head to the beaches of Ngapali for a relaxing end to your trip.
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