Besides the vibrant culture and jungle mountains in Myanmar, there are also some of the most pristine beaches in all of Southeast Asia. Grand Lotus Tours will take you to these relaxing gems along the Bay of Bengal.
Going to the beach in Myanmar is quite different that any other beach in Southeast Asia. Sure the beaches here have pristine white sand beaches lined with palm trees to provide shade, but the experience and vibe is much more relaxed and thought provoking. Everything from the vendors, hotels, and food is so much more exciting than your average overcrowded tourist beach. You will have unmatched exclusivity and privacy, because these beaches are some of the most untouched seaside getaways in the world. So get ready to treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime.
As you lay in your private lounge chair sipping on the most delicious and fresh tasting piña-colada, you can look out into the crystal clear blue waters and watch the local life go by. Also while relaxing, hear the quiet hum of local fishermen cruising the sea to catch some fresh fish for your next meal, and don’t be surprised if someone walks by selling fresh pineapple, mango, or other tropical fruits.
As you wander around your beach resort to get a feel for the local people you will see women walking around balancing a tray of local snacks on their head graciously singing about their treats. Be sure to indulge in some of these tasty seaside snacks.
As you pass through the village, young children will be playing football or takraw in small clearings. There will be thousands of items displayed on street vendor stalls, and smells of fresh seafood billowing down the street. You can either enjoy the local life or just stay on the beach and relax; the choice is yours.
To really treat yourself at the beach, be sure to try the local cuisine. The tropical beach-side setting and delicious fresh seafood makes for the most perfect atmosphere. Fresh steamed fish covered in passion fruit sauce has never tasted so good. As your taste buds are exploding with flavor your other senses will be pleased as you watch the sun set over the horizon.
Our Favorite Beaches in Myanmar
Ngapali Beach is number 8 on the finest beaches in the world list . It is also said to be the number 1 beach in all of Southeast Asia.
Located about 7k from the town of Thandwe, Ngapali Beach is a must see for those looking for ultimate luxury and exclusiveness. The beach has unspoiled white sand with fringed coconut groves lining the beach as far as the eye can see.
There is not too much to do in Ngapali except to sip on exotic cocktails while the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Bengal churn in front of you. The peace and quiet of the beach is unmatched by any other in the country.
If you get tired of relaxing and being pampered at your hotel spa, you can arrange to go by boat to some of the various islands around the beach. There are also a few fishing villages nearby that can be visited.
Ngwe Saung, near Pathein City
Ngwe Saung is another pristine stretch of white sand lined with palm trees. Located on the Bay of Bengal about four hours from Yangon, Ngwe Saung is an easy two day trip out of Yangon. To reach the beach you must go through Pathein, which is one of the most important delta ports outside of the capital. There is not much to see or do once at the beach, so just kick off your shoes and relax.
If you do not have the time to visit Ngapali beach then Grand Lotus Tours highly recommends this pristine beach.
Chaung Tha, near Pathein City
Chaung Tha Beach lies about 40 km west of Pathein, also on the Bay of Bengal. The sand here is a fine beige color, the beach backed by palm trees.
About 4.5 hours drive from Yangon, Chaung Tha Beach is another excellent destination to get out of the city and relax.
For those looking to visit a few beaches in one trip, Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung can both be visited in the same trip.