Photographer's Note

When I have looked recently at my archive photos from Rakhine State in Myanmar, I discovered, firstly, that I have quite many nice pictures that maybe I have never seen, and secondly, this area is a bit similar to famous Kerala backwaters. But when you look at the map, you will see many rivers or canals.

Mrauk U, like much of Rakhine State, is situated in a coastal tropical monsoon rainforest climate region. The town receives over 1,200 millimetres (47 in) of rain a year from the Southwestern Monsoon, making it one of the wettest regions in Myanmar. The Monsoon season usually begins in late May and ends by mid October. As Mrauk U and her kingdom prospered, the kings, ministers and peasants built many pagodas and temples around the town to reflect their faith. Thus, Mrauk U houses a rich collection of temples and pagodas second only to the Central Burmese town of Bagan, in Myanmar. Most of Mrauk U's temples were constructed of hewn stone bricks, unlike the mud and clay bricks of Bagan.
Today, Mrauk U is a major archaeological and tourist destination.[15] The main attractions are the temples and ruins around the town. The remains of the main palace roughly form the centre of the town. The most popular mode for tourists to travel to Mrauk U is to take a domestic flight from Yangon to Sittwe and board a boat from Sittwe against the Kaladan River. The hotels in Mrauk U also arrange private boat services to and from Sittwe.

Mrauk U houses a growing tourist industry, as it has only recently become a reachable tourist destination. (from Wikipedia)

I wonder how it looks like now. In 2011 the electricity was available only a few hours a day, the women had to go for water to the wells and there
were a few telephone numbers for the whole village.

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