Photographer's Note

From Site-tway (Sittwe) to Mrauk U the only way is to take a boat, six hours trip. My trip was placid, beautiful, in solitude, with the fantastic landscape of the paddy fields all around.
Connecting Arakan and Chin States is the Kaladan River. Approximately 350 kms (220 miles) in length, it runs from its source in Mizoram, India, cutting a narrow valley through the mountains of Chin State, descending to cross the fertile plains of Arakan state, and finally emptying into the Bay of Bengal at Site-tway, Arakan's capital.
The lower part widens to form a fertile plain covering an area of 3,640 square kilometers, where nearly one million of people, of different ethnics, live and work in the wonderful paddy fields of rice. The Kaladan River is the longest and most used river in Arakan State.
The river's name is derived from the Arakanese words Kula Htarna, meaning ''the river which exists in Arakan''.
The ancient capitals of Dhanyawaddy, Vesali and Mrauk U indicate the civilizations of Arakan have emerged in the Kaladan valley for thousands of years.
My trip back was not so placid. More than seven hours boat trip. Monsoon, strong winds, quite difficult to see anything. I thought may be the boat would fly and land in a paddy field.
Though, the air, the colors, the atmosphere were unforgettable.
Mrauk U is situated just behind the hills.

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