Permit needed for Sittwe?
Replies: 34 - Last Post: Oct 19, 2012 7:54 AM Last Post By: tyc
Oct 4, 2012 9:21 PM
Permit needed for Sittwe?I've been informed by a local agent handling my domestic flights that Sittwe is now open to visitors. However, I was also told that I needed to apply for some sort of permit to get to Sittwe/Mrauk U. Just wondering how much these so-called permits cost. Might have to put in some overtime in order to afford my upcoming trip to Myanmar. :-(
Oct 4, 2012 10:21 PM
1I booked hotels in Mrauk U and Sittwe for early December. I asked my hotel a couple of weeks ago, and this is what they told me:
tourist can still fly to Sittwe and there are a few tourist
arriving to Sittway every day and from Yangon Myanmar Travel & Tour
information counter is selling some arrangement . Tourist can take
the boat to Mrauk U. they are in regularly 5 days in the week. The
boats are still operating. If you arrive to Mrauk U you can visit to
the sites/temples in Mrauk U. we have a few tourists at our hotel
So it looks like you may need to contact MTT
Do let me know how this turns out!
Oct 4, 2012 10:48 PM
2That is just a link to another travel agency. As I said, I already have an agent arranging a permit for me. I am anxious how much this will cost.
Sure, hotels will take bookings, but if they're not letting tourists in (or tourists without the proper permits) then you'll be stuck in Sittwe.
Oct 4, 2012 11:05 PM
Oct 4, 2012 11:43 PM
4according to the MTT site no permit is needed for Sittwe / Mrauk U - who advised you that a permit was needed?
I will be travelling to the area in November and don't want to run into a nasty surprise LOL
Which hotels did you book out of curiosity and in what price range - also, how did you book?
Thanks in advance,
Oct 4, 2012 11:49 PM
5#4, a Yangon-based travel agent has just told me that the UMTA has informed the agencies that the area is now open to foreign tourists and that permits are required for that area.
I will let you know when I hear back from my agent re: the permit prices etc.
I usually travel semi-budget, so anything over $20 is luxury, in my opinion. I think I might be pushing my luck with that this time around, as hotels seem to be doubling their rates...
Oct 4, 2012 11:52 PM
6#4 I suspect the MTT site may not be completely up to date
I booked Mrauk U Prince hotel - tried via their website but got no response so used Agoda.
Later I emailed the hotel and booked their sister hotel in Sittwe. From memory I think both places were about $30 but the Sittwe room is a "Junior Suite" (woo hoo!).
Oct 5, 2012 12:00 AM
Oct 5, 2012 12:26 AM
8Then "Junior Suite" means 1 sqm bigger? :-)
As long as by booking the Junior Suite I avoid what LP calls "shared bathrooms you’ll want to wear sandals in"...
Incidentally a number of places (including parts of the website itself) give the URL for the hotel as mraukuprincehotel.com - it's not, it's mraukuprince.com
Oct 5, 2012 2:26 AM
Oct 5, 2012 3:40 AM
10Thanks for the review, Herbie.
The Prince in Sittwe is now calling itself a Hotel, and claims to have aircon and "Own Generator" so perhaps it has lifted its game (yeah I know - it's on the internet so it must be true!).
If not, I can walk away - I haven't paid for that one yet...
Oct 5, 2012 4:29 AM
11The problem in Sittwe is lack of choice, even 2 years it was hard to get rooms, it is not just tourists there are quite a few NGO workers to. Apart from the Prince there are 2 or 3 other cheapies and then 2 mid-range ones and not much else. After seeing the Prince I went to one next to River City but they wanted $30 for a family room as all the other cheaper rooms were full, ended up at the Noble which had a room for about $20. Maybe the Prince has improved.
Oct 5, 2012 4:38 AM
Oct 5, 2012 5:01 AM
13Not sure about permits to Sittwe but generally permits are quite expensive and take some time to get but the Sittwe situation maybe different.
Oct 5, 2012 10:26 AM
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