The beaches of Myanmar (Burma)
A lovely way to end a holiday is to find the perfect beach and enjoy some relaxation.
Ngapali Beach is probably the most famous of Myanmar’s beaches. It has large expanses of soft sand with clear blue sea lapping the shores. Fringed with elegant palm trees, this scene will rival a typical Caribbean beach vista.
Spend time relaxing on a sun lounger on the beach or at your beachfront hotel and watch the sunset over the Bay of Bengal as you sit with a chilled glass of wine or beer in hand. It’s well placed for experiencing local culture and is perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Ngapali beach is reached via a 45 minute flight from Yangon and there are plenty of accommodation options here from small beach huts to more luxurious villas.
Ngwe Saung Beach
Ngwe Saung is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches, closer to Yangon than Ngapali but less developed. It’s also known as ‘Silver Beach’. This is the perfect place for spending time in a relaxed environment, getting away from it all, a wonderful romantic retreat, if you like.
There’s more to Ngwe Saung than just lying on the beach though, there’s scuba diving, snorkelling and seafood galore and about 12kms of whitish sand to explore. There’s a small island at the end of the beach which becomes accessible at low tide, Lover’s Island.
Ngwe Saung can be reached via 35 minute flight from Yangon, or a five-six hour road journey.
Mergui Archipelago in the southern reaches of the country consists of over 800 islands. Until recently this region was relatively unknown to tourists, today there are a several stunning luxury resorts set on these remote islands, each offering barefoot luxury, an idyllic setting, and a chance to get away from it all, a fabulous island escape surrounded by the Andaman sea.
Popular with English tourists during the colonial era, now it’s reasonably quiet in the week with an influx of visitors at the weekends. The hills rise up from the shoreline, and the sun sets right behind them. There are restaurants a plenty serving delicious seafood dishes, you will be spoilt for choice.
This beach is hard to reach but for those craving seclusion it could be worth it. It can be reached as a day trip from Maungmagan Beach. It’s a photographer’s dream with attractive sea-worn round boulders dotted along the coastline and a backdrop of greenery encroaching the beach.
When to go
November to March is the ideal time to visit, the coastal areas are usually closed or running of very reduced capacity during the monsoon.
Visitors should respect local customs and culture. Whilst bikinis and swimming shorts are perfectly acceptable for tourists in Myanmar (Burma), this would not be the place to go topless or wear your new thong bikini.