Rakhine (formerly arakan), unspoiled and unexplored, has until lately hidden some of the country's best-kept secrets. Sittway is the capital of rakhine state and has numerous interesting pagodas and a charming monastery on the main street. The abbot and other monks have an astonishing collection of buddha images and it is well worth spending some time exploring their "museum". Another highlight of sittway is the beach where a peninsula makes and perfect place to sit and absorb the sunset. The rock formations around the promontory are interesting and a dazzling black sand beach stretches as far as the eye can see.