Rakhine State is a long narrow coastal region cut off from the rest of Myanmar by the Rakhine Yoma. This long and narrow state with many islands and unspoiled beaches faces the Bay of Bengal. Points of interests are Sittwe, Mrauk-Oo, Kyauk-Phyu, Gwa, Taungup and Thandwe. Sittwe is the capital of the state and a seaport with a rich hinterland producing crops, fish and Rakhine longyis. Mrauk-Oo, Wesali and Da-Nya-wady are capitals of ancient Rakhine kingdoms. Many pagodas of that period are still in existence. Kyauk-Phyu, situated on Yan-Bye Island is a seaport and a sea resort. Thandwe is famous for its Ngapali Beach, which is known as the "Naples of the East". Gwa has also a beach resort namely KanTharYar. There are motor roads built across the great Rakhine Yoma-from Pyay in Bago Division to Taungup, from Minbu in Magway Division to An, from Nga-Thaing-Chaung in Ayarwady Division to Gwa. Rakhine State has no railroads and it has few motor roads. Air services are available from Yangon to Sittwe, Kyauk-Phyu, Man-Aung and Thandwe.
Mrauk Oo is the capital of the Rakhine Kingdom, which flourished from the 15th to 18th century. This 15th century ancient for its old temples with wall paintings of Indian cultural influence. Mrauk-Oo is noted for its fort-like temples and pagodas of stone and brick; and for its statuary and relief, which are distinctive. Shit-Thaung Pagoda, Duk-Kan Thein Pagoda, Andaw Thein Shrine are some of the sites to see in Mrauk-Oo. Mrauk-Oo is reached by 5- hour boat trip along the Kaladan River (Kissapa Nadi) from Sittwe (Akyab), which is 90 minutes by air from Yangon. A regular passenger boat takes 5 hours from Sittwe (Akyab) to Mrauk-Oo. It is also accessible by road from Sittwe via PonNakyun and Kyauk Taw. About 8 km north of Mrauk-Oo is the archaeological site of Wesali, another ancient capital dating back to the 4th century. The Mahamuni Shrine, one of the famous Pagodas in Myanmar, is situated at Kyauk Taw 30 km from Mrauk-Oo.
Located on the Rakhine Coast near Thandwe (Sandoway), Ngapali is one of the beautiful beaches in Myanmar. This unspoilt beach is 35-minute flight from Yangon. By overland, 14 hour drive along the narrow winding road over the Rakhine Yoma (mountain range) after crossing the Ayarwaddy River at Pyay (Prome). There is an 18-hole Golf Course, located 15-minute drive from the beach. A wide choice of hotels from first-class Bay View Hotel and Sandoway Beach Resort to Standard Ngapali Beach, and Silver Beach.
Kan Thayar Beach
Located 290 km from Yangon near Gwa on the Rakhine Coast, KanTharYar Beach is accessible by an 8-hour drive from Yangon over forested mountain road.
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