Landmark in Sittwe

View Point

Strand Rd leads about 1.5 miles south to a location called View Point, where the locals play on Sittwe Beach, a broad, brown strip of sand, and you can watch the sun set over the Bay of Bengal. The site is being red…
Buddhist Temple in Sittwe

Lokananda Paya

You can’t miss this big golden pagoda between the airport and the centre. Its cavernous gilded worship hall, held aloft by decorated pillars, is pretty spectacular.On the western side of the compound is a small ordi…
Market in Sittwe

Central Market

Focused on the 1956 municipal market building, Sittwe's market has lots of action from dawn to noon and beyond – it’s well worth popping by before your boat or plane leaves. Head straight past longyi (sarong-style g…
Buddhist Temple in Sittwe

Shwezedi Kyaung

Partly housed in a picturesque, ramshackle colonial-era building on a backstreet, this was the monastery of U Ashin Ottama (1880–1939), a leader of the Burmese independence movement during British colonial rule who …
Mosque in Sittwe

Jama Mosque

This impressive 1859 building – the oldest mosque in Sittwe – could have been lifted out of the pages of Arabian Nights. Sadly, since the 2012 sectarian riots, it's been strictly off-limits, with barbed wire and arm…
Landmark in Sittwe

Fruit Bat Trees

Hundreds of noisy fruit bats migrate from these trees on Main Rd every evening at dusk, having spent the day jostling with crows for space in the trees. There's a great view of their flight from the roof of the Shwe…
Museum in Sittwe

Maka Kuthala Kyaungdawgyi

Monk U Bhaddanta Wannita spent 49 years collecting old coins and buddha images from monasteries to protect them from thieves. Some of his collection is displayed in his former monastery, which is housed in a grand, …
Museum in Sittwe

Rakhine State Cultural Museum

This museum features two floors of dusty Rakhine cultural goodies. On the 1st floor are displays on local customs such as models showing off some of the 64 traditional Mrauk U royal hairstyles, and drawings illustra…
Market in Sittwe

Rice Market

A few blocks north of the main market is the Rice Market, with tiny lanes between the Kaladan River and Strand Rd filled with simple wood homes, where traders hawk brown and sticky rice – some bound for Bangladesh.
Landmark in Sittwe

Old Clock Tower

Sittwe's old clock tower is more notable than its newer counterpart and is close to the market.