We managed to get to Mrauk U just before the latest round of violence erupted in October, and due to the active travel advisory we were the only guests in the hotel. The service was extremely attentive, and we were boggled at how responsive the kitchen/chef was. It is a remote village, so this means no wifi and the occasional electrical outage -- but to me this is a small price to pay for seeing the beauty of the surrounding area before it turns in to a "mini" Bagan. Cash only, no credit cards. Fantastic 60-minute massage for $30.
Yes, there's a 7 to 8 hour boat ride from Sittwe, so bring reading material as you can only take so many photos and the landscape doesn't have a great deal of variety.
I cannot recommend Mrauk U enough, so I'd encourage people to make the trek and stay at this lovely hotel when the travel advisory lifts. At the moment, it's the only option, which is just fine as I don't know how they'd improve upon it.
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- A slice of "Arakan Heritage" in a unique historic site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mrauk Oo Princess Hotel Mrauk u