A holiday spent by the ocean will wash your troubles away
Nang San Noom
Myanmar is a country endowed with historical,
cultural, and natural resources. Endless miles of idyllic coastline
with untouched and unspoiled beaches add much glory to her interest.Seven
beaches are waiting for visitors to come and relax. Among them, Ngapali,
Chaung Tha, and Ngwe Saung beaches are famous for both local and foreign
visitors. The rest of the beaches still need to be promoted. Since
Myanmar beaches are striking in their natural and unspoiled beauty,
both local and foreign visitors like to relax there. Generally, the
beach-goers turn out in their multitudes between mid-October to mid-April.
Visitors marvel at the beautiful sunsets as
they relax on or near the white sand. Since the majority of beaches
in Myanmar face west the spectacle is stunning. Visitors can fully
relax in the quiet environment at the beaches as there are no speedboats,
no crowds, no hawkers, and no masseuses. Traditional bullock-cart riding,
horseback riding, cycling or simply walking along the shoreline will
give you pleasant memories which will last a lifetime. Instead of
the loud noise from restaurants and crowd, you’ll hear the rubbing
sound of the coconut plants and the rhythm of waves lapping at the
You will not see discarded tins and plastic
bags on the beach shore, only seashells spread on the ground, waiting
to be picked up as a momento. Relaxation at beaches in Myanmar is
not just to sit on the white sand and splash around in the sea – there
are so many other things to do.
Ngapali, probably the best-known beach of Myanmar, is in Rakhine
state, on the long and narrow western coast of Myanmar, divided by
high mountain ranges from the mainland. The name Ngapali came from
a popular story, which says that a homesick Italian who lived here
for a while told everyone the beach reminded him of beaches near
Though visitors can go to Ngapali both by car
and by plane, most prefer to fly as it is faster. Yangon Airways,
Air Mandalay, and Myanma Airways fly to the beach every day during
the high season. After a 45 minutes flight from Yangon to Thandwe airport
it is just 20 minutes by car to the beautiful beach and the blue,
inviting water. Ngapali beach stretches over 3 km, backed by swaying
palms and casuarinas. Six private hotels are licensed to accept foreign
visitors, so it is now possible to find a room at Ngapali year round.
Bayview Resort Hotel, Sandoway Resort Hotel,
Silver Beach Hotel, Linn Thar Oo Lodge and the Baptist Guest House
are just some of the hotels and guesthouses. Bayview Resort Hotel
and the Sandoway Resort Hotels have very good restaurants, with a
mix of international and Myanmar cuisine. "Some visitors choose to
visit the islands nearby, so we have a boat to accommodate 15 passengers.
Foreigners usually go to islands for snorkeling, sea kayaking, and
to pearl island to watch the pearl production project .We also have
catamaran sailing boats and boards for wind surfing," said U Than
Oo, the managing director
of Bayview Resort Hotel to Myanmar Times. Bayview Resort
has 33 deluxe bungalows, swimming pool, 24-hour healthcare service,
air-conditioned rooms, and IDD telephones. Visitors can enjoy not
only swimming but also excursions to nearby villages to watch the
production of traditional earthenware pots, the production of Rakhine
longgyi, and famous pagodas.
Adventurous travellers that want to enjoy sightseeing
by automobile choose Chaungtha beach, near Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy division.
Visitors can go to Chaungtha by private car or public transport as
it is only 5 hours’ drive from Yangon (149 miles). Whether by public
or private vehicle, visitors have to cross the Pathein River by ferry.
The ferryboat runs daily from 6 am to 6 pm.
The beach is about one mile long and extends
from the main village along to over a dozen hotels. Kyaukpahto, at
one end of the beach near a cluster of boulders, is a large rock that
has been carved into a cave shrine. Two islands can be seen offshore,
Theinbyu and Hpogala. "The travelling cost to Chaungtha is cheaper
and more convenient compared to other beaches. So, visitors are coming
even in rainy season," said U Kyaw Khaing, the managing director of
Golden Beach Hotel. "As for businessmen, they can relax and keep on
doing their business at the same time in our hotel, as we have built
a separate business center for them," said U Zaw Zaw, the managing
director of Hotel Max, to Myanmar Times.
"Our facilities include facsimile, internet
and IDD phones in the business centre, as well as a mini-golf course,
tennis court and swimming pool," he said. "We will arrange visitors
to be able to go to Ngwe Saung Beach directly from Chaungtha by road
or by sea, so visitors can enjoy the two beaches at the same time,"
said U Zaw Zaw.
Ngwe Saung Beach
Ngwe Saung is a new beach destination in Myanmar, which is also
situated in Pathein Division on the west coast of Myanmar. Ngwe Saung
is nearly 10 miles long. It can be reached by road or river cruise
on the Ayeyarwaddy Delta Queen. By driving, visitors can see the
nature of the delta region up close. Elephant-lovers can stop on the
way and visit to the elephant camp in unspoiled jungle at a low mountain
range 10 miles from Ngwe Saung Beach. Many hotels are established
at present. Myanmar Treasure Beach Resort, Palm Beach Resort, Sony Beach
Resort, Ngwe Saung Beach Resort are some of the new hotels. Some resorts,
like Myanmar Treasure Beach Resort and Palm Beach Resort are managed
by European Management and are of true international standard.
"I had heard a few negative reports about Ngwe
Saung Beach, but they were all wrong – it is a very special beach,"
said Mr. Oliver Soe That, the general manager of Ngwe Saung Beach.
Ngwe Saung Beach features new resorts, eco tourism, sailing club
and elephant camp. It remains the responsibility of the hotel owners,
visitors and villagers to participate in environmental protection to
preserve these gifts from nature so that future generations can enjoy
them as we have.