Ngapali Beach

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It’s a place where you simply “switch off” and recharge your energy. This palm-lined, pristine beach is a place where you must visit in Myanmar. History says Ngapali’s been named by a homesick Italian reminiscing about Nepel beach. This is not your just- one-of-the-best beaches, but simply the best beach in Myanmar. And it has recently been named as one of new desirable beaches in the world by the Financial Times. Myanmar’s previous political situations made the beach less known to the world, but things are progressing quickly. Ngapali’s 3km long un-spoilt beauty can rival any South East Asia’s famous beaches including Phuket and Bali. But unlike them, Ngapali is free of noisy beachside bars, crowded people and hawkers.


Getting There

By Air (Recommended) – Accessible from Yangon, Heho, Bagan and Sittwe.  And the beach is just 10 minutes’ drive from the Ngapali’s Thandwe Airport. Flight frequency reduces during monsoon season.

By Bus or Car –  It can be a long and tedious journey taking about 14 hours’ drive along the Rakhine Yoma mountain range with lots of immigration check points.  And things can get pretty dangerous during monsoon season  with frequent mud slide. But in return you get to see over the wild and spectacular  Range of hills, where the road peaks at 2,100 feet. There, you pass remote villages and can listen to the song of the jungle. Occasionally, herds of wild elephants are seen. There are daily coaches running from Yangon to Thandwe where you will normally early in the morning. And you will need to take a taxi or a “motorcycle taxi” to reach Ngapali Beach. Tickets cost around 15,000 Kyats per person.

Getting Around

By Bicycle (Recommended) – The best and cheapest way to go around in Ngapali.

By Trishaws – Peddled by local village men with two back to back seats for passengers at the side is one of the unique way to enjoy your stay.

By Bus– Local buses run between the nearby villages and also to Thandwe, the district centre about seven miles away from Ngapali.

Things to do

1) Line fishing and Game fishing

Take a sightseeing boat ride in a traditional local boat with one of the local fishermen. Enjoy the carefree daily life that you only have to watch it in “Survivor”.  Go fishing, explore the coastline and stop for BBQ lunch on an island with freshly caught fish.

2) Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Snorkeling trips, arranged by any hotel takes a few spots around Pearl Island off the south end of the beach, is another interesting activity you must have in Ngapali. Take a boat trip to the so-called Pirate Beach, an isolated beach which is located at an hour south of the beach.  The coral’s not untouched and pretty decent for the Asian standard and there’s plenty of marine life for those who wants to scuba-dive.

3) Morning Stroll

Mornings bicycle tour around the surrounding villages, morning markets or along the entire Ngapali beach, sampling the local way of life. The villagers usually sun dry their fish , shrimp and coconut with bamboo mats. Villagers are friendly and the area is pretty safe to travel alone.


4) Taste the Day’s Catch

Going out in their canoe-like small boats, local fishermen bring the day’s catch to be served at local restaurants. Relax your evening with the fresh authentic Rakhine and Myanmar seafood cuisine in restaurants along the beach stretch.

Fish & Chps with myanmar beer

5) Enjoying Sunsets

Sunsets over the Bay of Bengal in this Ngapali beach are invariably time to appreciate the nature gift. Time stands still and celebrates Mother Nature’s gifts with a glass of cold Myanmar beer or cocktail.

6) Traditional Cane-ball in the evening with the locals

Cane-ball is the traditional sport in Myanmar and you will be surprised how skillful they are. Beautiful sunset, friendly, carefree faces of local Burmese and a little bit of exercise will keep your doctors away.

7) Golfing  

There is an unique international 18-hole golf course nearby and any of the hotels will arrange your golfing paradise while you are there.

8) Trailing

More energetic travellers has the option of exploring the range of hills behind the Strand Beach Hotel.  And a small blue lake cum reservoir is situated at the end of this trail.

9) Bidding-Fish War

It is worth getting up at dawn to tramp down the beach with a torch and watch the night time fishing fleet return to harbour, and the sunrise market where there is fierce competition between kitchen buyers from different resorts and local restaurants

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