Myanmar’s Beaches & Islands
When your sightseeing in Myanmar is done and you feel like heading off to the beach for some well-deserved R&R Myanmar has plenty of coasts and unspoilt tropical islands to choose from.
With over 2,000kms of coast, there’s no shortage of beaches in Myanmar where you can unwind, go diving and snorkelling, walk along the palm-flanked strand, enjoy cruises and savour fresh seafood. Away from the mainland, you can escape to your very own desert island leaving the crowds far behind. Bliss. Here are our top picks.
- Ngapali Beach: With over 3kms of sandy, palm-fringed beach Ngapali has long been a favourite holiday destination. If the name sounds familiar that’s because it’s derived from Napoli, supposedly coined by a homesick Neopolitan. It has developed from its humble fishing village days but still has a homespun charm with low-key bungalow-style resorts and beachside seafood restaurants. Fill your days with swimming, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and sailing, or head inland for some hiking and cycling. The town of Thandwe is just 6kms away and has a colourful market housed in the former colonial prison.
- Mergui Archipelago: With unspoilt beaches, clear ocean water, coral reefs and lush jungle, this is the archetypal tropical island escape. Located off the southern coast Mergui Archipelago comprises 800 islands home to the Moken ‘sea gypsy’ people and has only recently been accessible to tourists. Eco resorts offer excellent snorkelling and scuba diving, mangrove kayaking and hiking. Alternatively, you can enjoy a cruise among the islands with stops for swimming and excursions.