Mandalay to Sittwe by bus, 27 hour endurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling from Mandalay to Sittwe by bus is a thought that came in my mind when i decided to go to Rakhine State. Previous we arrived in Mandalay from Naypyidaw. Now Rakhine State is our next target destination. Sittwe is located in Rakhine state near the Bengal sea. I select Sittwe as first place to visit. Not many people have Rakhine state as a destination for a visit. Sittwe and Mrauk-u are the two main opportunities you can attend to. On the Myanmar map you can find Sittwe located in the North east of the country. Sittwe is also the capital of Rakhine State. Sittwe is true passage for backpackers heading off to Mrauk-u. From Mandalay to Sittwe by bus is the idea which I have however there is nothing to find on the internet. Only that there is no way allowed to go there by bus for tourists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things change rapidly in Myanmar. So i decided to get information at the place we stay about going from Mandalay To Sittwe by bus. People of the Hostel i stayed replyd positive on the question if there is a direct bus from Mandalay to Sittwe! So i Immediately booked the ticket for the price of 17.000 Kyats and leaving the next day. A bus trip that would be a great adventure however a 27 hours jeep fit endurance… The bus was leaving at the bus terminal in Mandalay promptly at 16.00  the next day. Then the travel from Mandalay To Sittwe by bus begins… As it promises to be a night trip and a long trip, I did choose for the more comfortable bus for the travel. In the bus I noticed I am the only foreigner. After an hour we leave the main road and head into the mountains. Small curving roads that doesn’t allow the bus to drive at higher speed. As sun already sets, there is is not really a long time day view… How ever people next to me quite talkative and friendly. After 5 hour travel we stop at a small rest place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the rest place there is a simple restaurant were the dinner is served. Dinner is included in the bus ticket so there is no need to pay extra for this served dinner of simple rice and chicken… There is no mobile phone connection in this area. Therefore no possibility to get in touch with friends or loved ones.. Though people here don’t speak English, they are helpful with serving my dinner… Two of passengers in the bus help me to translate in local language… After the half hour stop we continue the voyage to Sittwe… Time to sleep and wake up at sunrise… The first sun rays wake me up…. Half way our travel The bus takes its turns through the hills and there is a beautiful landscape to view… We pass along rivers and small bridges… At some bridges we stop and everybody has to leave the bus…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bus has to be unloaded before it can cross the bridge. This as the bridge cannot hold the weight, also people have to cross the bridge by foot… It is very pleasant to have this walk after spending the time in the bus… A Small truck with the cargo follows us and the unloaded bus follows after that… Heavy trucks have to cross the river by ferry… At the other side of the bridge the bus is loaded again and we can continue our way. Along the road young people are working and we pass small settlements… At noon we leave the mountains and we still 5 hours from Sittwe… The landscape in Rakhine state shifts from mountains to water and we make our stop in Mrauk-u. Mrauk-u is also on my place to visit so I i wanted then i could also leave the bus here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

However as I want to make the river trip from Sittwe to Mrauk-u by boat across the sea and canals, I decide to continue my way by bus to Sittwe… On the map it does not seem it should be a long way to go… However with new road construction between Mrauk-u and Sittwe It takes quite some of the time to reach our destination. The new road is constructed by hand labour mainly and females here are the working core.. Still the trip from Mandalay To Sittwe by bus it gives an amazing view over the waters around us and the Bengal sea..

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 17.30 we arrive at the bus terminal in Sittwe and our voyage from Mandalay To Sittwe by bus ends here… A moped taxi brings me to one of the few places to stay here and after check-in a refreshing bath awaits…

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