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About Rakhine State, Myanmar
Rakhine State formerly known as Arakan is a state in Myanmar. The state is lies on the western coast and is bordered by Chin State to the north, Chittagong Division of Bangladesh to the northwest, Bay of Bengal to the west and to the east by Magway Region, Ayeyarwady Region and Bago Region. Rakhine State is made up of four districts, seventeen townships and several villages. The capital city of Rakhine State is Sittwe.
Rakhine State is separated from central Burma by the Arakan Mountains, some large islands like Myingun and Cheduba Island lie off the coast of Rakhine State. The Rakhine people who live in the lowland valley, Manaung and Ramree make up majority of the population, other minority ethnic groups like Chin, Kamein, Khami, Bengali, Mro and Hindu live in the hill regions of the state. The state is home to Sittwe University.
The major economic activity in Rakhine State is agriculture, forestry and fishing. Rice is the main crop in the region, nipa palm and coconut are also cultivated. Fishes from Rakhine are transported to Yangon or exported. Timber, fuel wood and bamboo are wood products extracted from the mountains. Rakhine State also has an unexplored potential for natural gas and petroleum.
Transportation in Rakhine State
The three highways that cross the Arakan Mountains from central Burma to Rakhine State are the Toungup to Pamtaung road in south central Rakhine, the Ann to Munbra road in central Rekhine and the Gwa to Ngathaingchaung road in the southern end of Rakhine. Rakhine State is served by four airports namely Sittwe Airport, Thandwe Airport, Ann Airport and Kyukpyu Airport. River transportation by the Naf River, Lemro River, Mayu River and Kaladun River are popular in Rakhine.
Famous places in Rakhine State
Some of the major attractions in Rakhine State includes the Ngapali Beach, Kan Tharyar Beach and the ruins of the ancient town of Mrauk U, the Koe Thaung Temple, Shai Thaung Temple, Mahamuni Buddha Temple and Htukkanthein Temple and Chin villages in Mrauk U. Other Rakhine attractions include the fish market in Sittwe, snorkelling and diving on Sittwe Beach, Buddhist Museum, Shwe Nandaw Pagoda Hill, Rakhine State Cultural Museum, Kandawgyi Lake, Lay Shan Taung Lighthouse and Kyaukpyu Beach.
Hotels in Rakhine State
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