Relax at one of the superb Burma beach resorts – Enjoy unspoilt beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Burma has thousands of kilometers of shore, unspoilt beaches and hundreds of islands in the Mergui Archipelago.
The beach environment is currently very well preserved, you will find very few people at any of the Burma beaches, you can discover real fishing villages, and take strolls along vast stretches of totally deserted unspoilt beaches.
Currently, there are 3 beaches and one resort in the Mergui Archipelago open to tourists. The resort is located on an island near the Thai border, at the southern part of Burma.
Ngapali beach :
Out of all the Burma Beaches this is the most famous. The sea is superb, the place relaxing and you will find luxury 5 stars hotel with private bungalows and smaller hotels (2 stars).
This is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the sea and local food.
Access is by air, so there are not too many people (except during Xmas time). Access by road is also possible but be ready for anything between a 12 to 20 hours drive from Pyay (150 km away) to Ngapali (and you still have to drive from Yangon).
Flights are more reasonable is a more (and a cheaper) choice. During high season, there are direct flights from Yangon, Bagan and Inle. More information on Ngapali beach here.
Ngwe Saung beach:
An unspoilt 15-km stretch of silvery sand and modern amenities have made Ngwe saung a popular destination for less budget conscious tourists from Burma. Still Ngwe saung has much to develop. Its choices for nightlife activities remain paltry, even by local standards. Chaungtha and Ngapali beaches have greater choices of nighttime activities. At this point, a nearby elephant training camp is a main daytime attraction at Ngwesaung. Although there are a couple of Islands just off shore that can be visited. Theres a wonderful resort located on the beach, the ‘Bay of Bengal‘.
It is also a very good place to relax and spend time.
We especially recommend the southern part of the beach, which is probably better than Ngapali.
The beach at Ngwe Saung is composed of two parts, each 4.5km long. The northern part is less green, less relaxing that the southern one, which is more wild, more relaxing.
Access to Ngwe Saung is mainly by road from Yangon (4 to 5 hours drive) or by plane to Pathein and then by car to Ngwe Saung. There is a plane twice a week flying from Yangon to Pathein.
Car transportation is very expensive (as everywhere in Burma).
Kantaya is a very beautiful beach located south of Ngapali (100 km). Go to Kanthaya to relax, to get away from the hustle and bustle of towns, and simply to live close to nature and enjoy viewing the scenery, trees, birds, small animals and marine life. You can walk for miles along the deserted beaches dotted with fishing villages and little creeks and bays where the local fishing boats are moored. You can also ask some of the villagers to take you to the reef or one of the several small islands like Be-Inn Kyun about half a mile from the shore.
Access is only by car.
From Ngapali it is a very difficult as the road is really bad, even for Burma standards. From Yangon, it takes around 7 hours.
There is only one village, on local hotel belonging to the government and a small private hotel with bamboo houses… very simple.
Absolutely nothing to do, just relax, and swimming. Very nice place for snorkeling. Only for people who have time (it is really difficult to reach), and people who like to be “alone in the world”.
This area is huge and amazing with no tourists (except a small island near Thailand) the sea is really beautiful, beaches pristine and virgin with tropical islands that are really totally unspoilt by development of any kind. Much of this area is still completely unexplored. More information on the Mergui Archipelago in our South Burma section. This area is where some of the best Burma beaches await discovery.
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