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Ngapali Beach, Natural Beauty of Myanmar

 

Undoubtedly one of the best places for a relaxing holiday in Myanmar is Ngapali Beach near Thandwe (Sandoway in Rakhine (Arakan) State, on the Bay of Bengal. Ngapali Beach is one of the loveliest places in Myanmar and it is said to have been named after the Naple of Italy by a homesick Italian. It is famous for its natural and unspotted beauty up to this day.

The beach stretches about 3 km with soft white sand fringed by coconut palms. The water here is transparent and the sea is tranquil. It serves as the best ground for sunbathing and recreation such as beach strolling, cycling and so on. Unlike today’s beaches of Asia, it is free of noisy beachside bars, crowed people and hawkers persuading you to buy their things. There are only natural scenic beauty of the blue sea, white sand and the lovely sun. The sea is cobalt blue, without any dangerous marine animals and clean.

Actually, Ngapali is not only single beach but a series of beaches interspersed with small fishing villages. The villagers usually make sun-dry their fish, shrimp and coconut. These products are transported to Yangon and over the country. Moreover, a golf course next to the road near Ngapali village is being upgraded.

The beach serves the best recreation: there’s great snorkeling, a reasonable golf course, boat trips to uninhabited islands and several nearby villages where you can observe traditional artisans in action – clay pottery in Kinmaw, and hand weaving in ancient Thandwe, Ngapali’s closest town. The best and cheapest way is to hire a bicycle to go around.

HOW TO GET THERE

You can reach by land or plane. Local airlines provide air services to Thandwe about four miles from Ngapali Beach. 14 hours drive along the Rakhine Yoma mountain range by car.

GETTING AROUND

  • Nearby villages
  • Enjoy the sun set at unique small islet named pleasant view islet (the only small islet in Ngapali beach)
  • Boat trip to Pearl Island
  • Fishing village
  • Snorkel and relax under palm trees
  • Cycling
  • Visit to Black sand island called “Zalat Htone Island” in local language
  • Clay pottery works are done at Kinmaw village
  • Hand weaving works of Rakhine longyi are based in Thandwe

EATING & DRINKING

Ngapali beach offers the best seafood cuisine in Myanmar. There’s a lovely variety of restaurants too, both in the hotels along the shoreline and along the road inland. They all serve excellent ultra-fresh seafood. Almost all the restaurants are seafood restaurants, but they also serve other basic Burmese, Thai and Chinese dishes. Resorts often have some Western titles in their menus.

Fresh coconuts are sold on the beach. The seller cuts it open for you. Standard drinks such as Mojitos and Singapore Slings are available at the resorts and beers are easily available at the local restaurants.

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