Due to a lack of development, Myanmar still offers unspoiled, wide
beaches with fine sand and clean water. Fishing villages are beside
the few resorts. The entertainment usual in other countries does not
exist here yet. A great place for long beach walks, reading books and
swimming in the ocean. There are a few beautiful resorts that well fit
into the surrounding. At all the beaches, seafood can be enjoyed at
very moderate cost.
Please dress appropriate at the beaches; local people would often even
not wear a normal swimming suite, but rather pants and T-Shirt when
THANDWE / SANDOWAY
Thandwe beach is situated 30 minutes drive from Thandwe town and can be
reached conveniently by plane. The name Ngapali probably derives from
an Italian who was reminded of Naples. White sand, blue sky and blue
sea will astonish you. The main beach is 2 miles long.
On the southern part of the beach there is a fishing village. A few
beautiful resorts offer high-quality accommodation. Ngapali is the
most popular beach in Myanmar.
NGWE SAUNG BEACH
Saung beach is situated to the West of Pathein (Bassein). It is a 5
hours drive from Yangon to the 9 mile long white beach with crystal
clear water. The road to Ngwe Saung in the meantime is all the way
through concrete. This beach was recently developed and can compare with Ngapali beach. Nice beach resorts invite.
Scuba diving is offered by one of the resorts. At most times of the
year, there are only few tourists around. The up-market beach resorts
are a bit cheaper than comparable resorts in Ngapali.
Most of the better Resorts are relative close to Ngwe Saung villages,
where there are by now a number of restaurants etc.. Ngwe Saung is
however not a typical fishing village.
Shortly before Ngwe Saung, there is an elephant camp.
Disturbing the otherwise very quiet surrounding are some Jet Ski and
motorbikes on the beach.
If there is enough demand, there may be flights from upcountry (from
Heho) to Pathein.
A visit to Ngwe Saung could formerly be combined with a journey on the "Delta
Queen", a boat
from Yangon to Pathein. The Delta Queen does not operate anymore
from middle of 2007!
Also Chaungtha (Chaung Tha) beach is situated to the West of Pathein (Bassein), further
north from Ngwe Saung. It is also a 5 hours drive from Yangon to
beach, which rather caters for the new Yangon middle class and
on the weekends, expect many local people coming in big groups, not
always staying as quiet as some foreigners would wish.
KANTHAYA (KANTHARYAR) BEACH
Rather for the adventurer, this beach offers only a government hotel
that can’t even be booked in advance. The hotel is beyond repair.
Kanthaya Beach is a very shallow, 4.5 km long beach and situated 100 km to the south of Ngapali
Beach. The sand here is not white.
It is a possible to drive from Ngapali to Yangon along the west coast and stop over at Kanthaya. It
however is a very long and uncomfortable drive.
Around 7 km north of Kanthaya is a small, shallow and lovely bay called
Maw Shwe Chaing. There is a private Hotel called Maw Shwe Chaing with
ten bungalows. There is a fishing and trading village about 2 km
from the bay.
It is an ideal place for people who would like to get
away from tourists and can do without comfort. Advance bookings are
Located just south of Yangon across Yangon River, Letkhokkon beach is certainly not
tempting for swimming due to mud. It is however idyllic and little
visited. There was previously a low standard hotel which was closed
80 km south from Mawlamyaing and therefore around 10 hours drive from
Yangon. Setse beach itself is wide, but the water is not clear, the
beach not well kept. There is very basic accommodation.