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Published: March 30th 2014
Sunset in Sittwe
We had walked down to the market area in the late afternoon and were fortunite enough to see this lovely scene . Sittwe is a pretty grubby town but does have it's visual jewels.
Having a 4 day holiday in Ngapli Beach was a good idea . We were ready to move on and it did take a bit of effort to get to Mrauk . We flew to Sittwe , the capital city of the area , had to overnight in a dingy hotel then take a 7 am ferry . The boat trip ,on a no frills government ferry took only 5 hours because the current was with us that day . It was actually only a 40 mile trip!!! Travel in Myanmar is SLOW by road and by water ... not expensive but really slow . I do not regret choosing to fly 5 times while we were there.
Sittwe was unlike any other place we were in Myanmar . There is a lot of tension there that we had not experienced anywhere else . THe Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority are at such odds that there have been killings , mob actions , house burnings... the area around the mosque had road blocks. When I returned home I happened to read about a large refugee camp for Muslims outside the city . There is a curfew in place and
At the back of the ferry was this lunch bar . The coffee was the ever present Nescafe 3in1 instant . Although I do not use sugar the coffee was preferable to many others I have had in my travels.
tourists have only been allowed to travel there since the summer . It wasn't a problem for us just a different experience .
Getting to Mrauk was definately worth the effort . The people , the surroundings and the ambiance were most welcoming and definately a high point of the journey .
This may be the last Burma entry although I do have photos taken of Yangon on our last 2 days there ... I will though do an entry on Seoul before I conclude this journey.
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