Myanmar (Burma) is surrounded by five neighbouring countries. It is not a land-locked country because its west and south regions open into the sea. The Rakhine (Arakan) coast on Myanmar’s west faces the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean and the southern Tanintharyi (Tennisarim) coast front the emerald green Andaman Sea. Myanmar has ten major unspoiled beaches; to name a few: Ngapali, Kanthaya, Chauntha, Ngwe Saung, and Letkhokkon. Out of these, the most popular Holiday Resorts that are mostly frequented by tourists and locals alike are Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung, and Ngapali.

Ngapali Beach

Situated about 7 km away from Thandwe (Sandoway), one of the ancient Rakhine (formerly Arakan) towns. 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. 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, crowded 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. The water here is transparent and the sea is tranquil. Bicylce tours are arranged to visit the nearby villages. The villagers usually sun dry their fish, shrimp and coconut. These products are transported to Yangon and over the country.

Chaungtha Beach

This beach is located 50km to the west of Pathein (Bassein) in the Ayeyawaddy (Irrawaddy) Division. It is accessible by road from Yangon. It is also the nearest beach to Yangon (5 hrs drive) where vacationers can enjoy the benefits of fresh air and salt water. Within walking distance are villages where visitors can observe rural customs and enjoy abundant seafood sumptuously prepared for the gourmet. Vacationers can also watch fishermen coming in with their loads of catch from the sea.

Ngwe Saung Beach

 This Sea Resort is a newly discovered unspoilt beach with white sands and blue sea stretching 15km long. It was opened in grand style to holiday makers. It is about 48km from Pathein (Bassein). The surrounding areas have countless large and small tributaries of the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River in the Delta region, which is an ideal area for rice cultivation. As the latest emerging destination in Myanmar, Ngwe Saung beach is a jewel for independent travelers who seek nothing more than peace and relaxation. Moreover, with rows of palm trees, clean sandy shore, transparent blue water, and charming islands nearby, it is really an attractive and irresistible heaven for beach lovers.


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