A very important location and yet still unspoiled. Because of the military situation there are almost no tourists at this time. The town is very safe (no crime) with the trouble taking place 'mostly' outside of town during the night. Not for the faint-hearted or nervous types however. Eat at Happy Garden.
Silent small town with few guests. Easy access to see sunrise/sunset everyday. Kids and adults are very kind to foreigners. But the food are not clean, suggest to eat at restaurant if you don't have strong stomach.
Nice temples. Can see all the highlights in 4 hours. If u have gone to Bagan, u really can skip this place. If u go just take the regular bus from Sittwe. Only $4. Can't see anything from the boat and is slower and more expensive
Maurk U is a gem. Not many tourists venture there and it is as interesting or more so than Bagan. Locals still live and farm in between the temples. It is intimate and "real" in that you are immersed in how people live. I've been here before. This time we hired a guide and biked to the different temples. We learned so much and it was well worth the money! We hired the same guide and a driver, through Palace Resort, the following day and went to Mahamani, north about 1 hours drive. Very interesting, especially on a Sunday with local tourists.
great temples and so different from Bagan Highlight thou was the boat trip up the river to visit some Chin villages was very surprised at the number of tourists there as its not cheap to get there and the hotels are no deals either
Has just been a great experience viewing incredible Pagodas offering a total different experience than other cities visited in country. The trip to the Tattoo Ladies villages was just an amazing experience and so happy we managed to see them, talk to them and just having fun, everyone in the region is so hospitable.