Myanmar’s coastline extends for 1250 miles but few travelers venture to the most remote beaches, leaving them for the most part pristine.
Facing the Bay of Bengal, Ngapali Beach is the kind of place you want to find yourself in after days of temple-hopping in Rangoon and Bagan: this former British colonial enclave provides a low-key getaway with its long, palm-fringed strip of white sand, mostly populated by local fishermen. Thanks to their daily catch, the seafood here is among the freshest you’ll find in the whole country.
WHEN TO GO: it is best to visit Myanmar between October and May. Most of the accomodations close during rainy season.
HOW TO GET THERE: Thandwe airport is about 3 miles away from Ngapali beach. National Airlines from Yangon, Bagan and from the Inle Lake fly regularly to Thandwe. The flight time is approximately 45 minutes.
WHERE TO STAY: unlike other Myanmar destinations, Ngapali has a limited offer in budget accomodations. As far as quality is concerned, the lovely Amara Ocean Resort is a safe bet.
WHAT TO DO: ask one of the local boat owners that operate day-trips to bring you to Pearl Island, for a picture perfect white sandy beach.
Cover Photo Credit JMHullot