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Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

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Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

Hi,

We did the regular route in Myanmar last Feb, and planned on going to Mrauk U this Feb.Tickets have been purchased ;( My friends in London informed me that it is now "off limits." I could not find that on the US travel advisory site. Can anyone verify this one way or another?

Second part of the question: If we can't enter Mrauk U, has anyone done the Mergui Archipelago on a decent boat? We are not divers, we were just thinking of an alternate to the Mrauk U - we will be going back to Ngapali. However, I was just wondering how "seedy" the boats are that go to the Mergui Archipelago? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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61. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

Of course that applies ot the locals, but they will try to keep tourists off the streets as well I imagine, should they be anywhere near that area (which I doubt they will be). The temple areas don't offer much nightlife anyhow, and I'm sure tourists wil be back at their hotels after dusk.

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62. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

to all who want to visit mrauk u

tourists are still coming with a permit.even today a group of thai tourists [ six people] just left sittwe after visiting mrauk u with the arrangement of KO TAR travel agency.no problem for tourists here as long as you dont make problem by trying to go to rioting remote areas.we still have curfew in sittwe from 10 pm to 4am and in mrauk uarea from 7pm to 4am[ this is a few days ago declared because of more fighting that occured in the remote area] mrauk u and sittwe is safe.No problem for torrists.

k p s travel ,sittwe

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63. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

Friend who just returned said tourists do not need permit and just have to register upon arrival. Is the permit you are talking about becasue they are with some special, large tour group?

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64. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

yes, some tourists come without a permit. but sometimes immigration ask for apermit at jetty. sometimes they donnot. so better to go with a permit.

kps

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65. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

yes, some tourists come without a permit. but sometimes immigration ask for apermit at jetty. sometimes they donnot. so better to go with a permit.

kps

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66. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

Make your own mind up

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20114326

and

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20110150

Edited: 8:40 am, October 29, 2012
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67. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

silverswimmer, good reporting!! Finally, some real news

Thanks,

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68. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

Hi,

Just back from Sittwe/Mrauk U: have a read of my experience here:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1390118-i15878-k5…

Cheers :-)

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69. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

Plese let me know, what FIT means. Thx!

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70. Re: Is Sittwe-Mrauk U route closed to tourists?

FIT is the expression for Foreign Independent Travellers not on a group tour

And do see these later posts as this thread is 12 months old

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g1390118-i15878-…

and

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g1390118-i15878-…

hope this helps

SS

Edited: 5:33 pm, November 12, 2013