Capital of Rakhine State
Originally a small fishing village, Sittwe became an important seat of maritime commerce, especially as a port for the export of rice after the British occupation of Arakan, now known as Rakhine State,
following the First Anglo-Burmese War.
Sittwe was the location of a battle during the conquest of Arakan by the Burmese king Bodawpaya.
In 1784, the Burmese expeditionary force, some 30,000 strong, encountered the governor of U-rit-taung Province,
Saite-ké (General) Aung and his force of 3000.
Although heavily outnumbered, the Arakanese force tried to fight the Burmese forces on both land and sea, but were brutally crushed.
This defeat opened the route towards the inland Arakanese capital of Mrauk-U, which was soon conquered, ending the independence of the Arakanese. According to Arakanese lore, all of the Arakanese defenders were killed.
In 1826, after the First Anglo-Burmese War, the British transferred the seat of government to Sittwe on the coast.
During colonial times, Site-tway had a bad reputation for malaria and cholera, although historical records indicate that it was no better or worse than many other locations along the India coast.
During World War II the island was an important site of many battles during the Burma Campaign due to its possession of both an airfield and a deepwater port.
Sittwe is the birthplace of political monks in Myanmar.
It was the birthplace of U Ottama, the first monk who protested against the colonial British in Myanmar.
Also, in the recent 2007 protest marches, known as the Saffron Revolution,
it was the monks in Sittwe who started the protest against the military government in Myanmar.
Sittwe houses the Dhanyawadi Naval Base, named after the ancient Rakhine city-state of Dhanyawadi.
Gas Pipe Line to China Yunnun Province
Busy market town that lies along one of main overland trade routes between Myanmar, Bengaladash and India .
Today it provides easy acess to the beatiful landscapes and the multi-ethnic culture of State.
Accomodation in Kyauk Phyu
Hotel Kyauk Phyu
Kyauk Palace Hotel
Sai Yay Guest House
May Phone Moe Guest House
Royalmyanandaw Guest House
lies in Rakhine state a region of green mountains , rice terraces and numerous ethnic minorities including
These ethnic villages can be visited on day-treks,while itself-with its
Rakhine-style pagodas,pictureque laneways and -is also worthy of exploration.
Mya Pyin Village