Portrait of Beaches

Most people have not yet noticed that Myanmar has some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in all of Asia. Here's a list of some places you should know when you are planning your next trip to Myanmar. And you will have most of these spots all to yourself!

Ngapali

Ngapali Beach is the most famous beach in Myanmar and is a popular tourist destination located in Rakhine State. Once there was a home sick Italian who said the beach looked like the Naple beach in Italy. And it is assumed to have descended from the word "Naple". It is indeed a pleasant beach resort for those who want to get away from the noise, hustle and bustle of living in crowded cities. This unspoiled beach with blue sea, white sand and swaying palm tree stretches for 3 km (2 miles) on the Bay of Bengal and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Those visiting Ngapali can enjoy the benefit of health by swimming in clean and fresh seawater with peace of mind, as there are no strong tides. There are also no sharks due to nearby islands and corals. Several resorts and hotels are located in Ngapali, usually of the high end - such as Bayview Ngapali, Amata Resort, Amazing Ngapali and also the government owned Anawa. There is also an 18-hole golf course about 15 minutes drive from the beach. Ngapali is a perfect place for peaceful relaxation. Ngapali is accessible by flight which takes about 45 minutes from Yangon, by car about 14 hours drive along the Rakhine Yoma mountain range. The best time to visit is during October to May. It is only really worth the trip for those planning to continue on to Sittwe and the temples of Mrauk U (Myohaung).

Ngwe Saung

Ngwesaung Beach is a newly opened beach located about 48 km west of Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. This unspoilt beach stretches 15 km of white and and blue sea. It is more popular than nearby Chaungtha Beach and is designed to attract people with larger holiday budgets. There are about 4 international standard resort hotels and bungalow type accommodations on its beach front - fringed with Palm trees, all hotels face the beach. Good taste of Seafood dishes are available at the international standard resorts. One can enjoy variety of beach sport activities such as sun bathing, bullock cart riding, bicycling, fishing, beach volley-ball, scuba-diving, kayaking and wind surfing.

Chaungtha

Chaungtha is located about 40 km to the west of Pathein in Ayeyarwady Division. It is renowned for its fresh and reasonably priced seafood. A major attraction is a small pagoda built on a limestone boulder at the southern end of the beach. Nearby fishing villages and tidal mangrove forests are also popular amongst the tourists. As it is relatively more affordable than the nearby Ngwesaung and Ngapali beaches, Chaungtha is also more crowded and less clean than the two more expensive and better maintained beaches.

Kan Tharyar

Kan Tharyar meaning pleasant beach is located 290 km from Yangon near Gwa on the Rakhine Coast. It was officially opened in 1995 and is the driving time is about 8 hours from Yangon.

Setse

It lies 24 km south of Kyaikkami and 16 km south-west of Thanbyuzayut. It is one of the oldest beaches in Myanmar. This brown sandy beach is lined by waving casuarinas trees.  Thanbyuzayat means tin shelter and it is located south of Mawlamyine. The town is well known for the historical event: the infamous Burma-Siam Railway which is known as Death Railway. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery has over three thousands graves of allied prisoners of war who were mostly British that died during building the railway.

Maung-ma-gan

Maungmagan is located in the coastal region of southern Myanmar, Taninthayi. It is situated near Dawei which is 75 minutes flight from Yangon. The beach is alive with the fishermen and their fishing boats.