An overview of Sittwe

Situated in the far west of Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal, sits the town Sittwe. Although many tourists bypass Sittwe or use it as a point of transit, it still can offer travellers in search of something a little different an interesting and highly authentic spot, despite the town’s obvious rough edges that are plain to see. Although originally only a small fishing village, Sittwe rapidly grew into an important maritime town at the height of British colonial rule. The town’s main street offers some interesting architecture and is unsurprisingly the epicentre of daily life in the area. Key attractions include Shwe Zedi Monastery, a hectic rice market, and ‘the View Point’ which offers pleasantly relaxing sunsets over Sittwe Beach.

For those in search of a little more heritage, the Rakhine State Cultural Museum is worth a brief visit, as is Lokananda Paya. Other cultural options include seafood eateries and a number of teahouses that will provide tourists with an authentic culinary experience. Although Sittwe is not to everyone’s taste, it can still offer a number of unique insights into Myanmar’s lesser-visited western region.