The Intriguing Rakhine State is situated between the Rakhine Yoma Range in the western part of Myanmar and the Bay of Bengal. Rakhine State is rugged with mountains and the land is high on the north while it gradually lower down to the south. Rivers are also flowing down southwards. The very beautiful Ngapali beach is situated in Thandwe Township.
The majority of the population are Rakhine people. There are some ethnic groups related to them. These ethnic groups are Thet, Daing Nat, Myo, and Maramargyi. Rakhine national profess Buddhism. In BC 600 when Lord Buddha was still alive, Sasana had reached Rakhine state.
The Golden City of Mrauk-U became known in Europe as a city of oriental splendor after Friar Sebastien Manrique visited the area and wrote his fascinating “Travels” in Spanish and published it as a book in 1649 and 1653.
Undoubtedly one of the best places for a relaxing holiday is Ngapali Beach near Thandwe in Rakhine State. It is also one of the most untouched beaches in the world, with miles of pure white sands skirting the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Rakhine people, once steeped in long traditions of culture, have lived in Rakhine State in the western part of Myanmar. Throughout history, Rakhine kingdoms had had kings and palaces which were contemporary with those of Myanmar.