Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma). Located on an estuarial island created at the confluence of the Kaladan, Mayu, and Lay Mro rivers flow into the Bay of Bengal, Sittwe gets an incredible spot and become an important seat of maritime commerce.

It’s a historical place, where witness all the rise and fall of  Rakhine State, as well as many milestones of Burmese history, including the First Anglo-Burmese War and the Burma Campaign. Eventhough the vertiges have been somewhat fallen into oblivion, the village still deserves more attractions from tourists than just a transit point to Mrauk U.

Climate, best time to visit

Sittwe's climate is classified as a tropical monsoon climate. The city has a dry season from December through April, and an extraordinarily rainy wet season covering the remaining seven months. Sittwe is endowed with high temperatures throughout the year with the mean temperature at 25.8 degrees Celsius. It has a high level of precipitation, with an average rainfall of 4555 mm (179.3 in).

The best time to visit Sittwe in Myanmar is from November to the next April, since there is a pleasant or warm temperature and limited rainfall.

How to get in and out

There is a domestic airport in Sittwe. Tourists can fly from Yangon to Sittwe and fly back too.

It would be comfortable to get to Sittwe by bus or private car.

To get a view around the city, tourists can jump on trishaws or motorbike taxis. Hiring a bicycle is also a good way to discover that place.

Since many people choose Sittwe as a transit port to Mrauk U, combine the Sittwe visiting with Mrauk U exploration tour is also a great idea.