Myanmar is known for its eastern mysticism and tropical attractions as a leading tourism destination in Southeast Asia. Still known by a few people by its old name, “Burma”, Myanmar has a lot more to work on economically and politically as a developing country. When it comes to tourism, specifically swimming in Myanmar, this is one of the best places in the world to be.
Myanmar has pristine beaches and attractive resorts with unspoiled white sands, coconut groves and clear blue water; everything you have dreamed of in a dream paradise destination. Myanmar beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, beach bumming, meeting people, having fun, relaxing and just being alive. There is one clear and unique difference to Myanmar beaches compared with the leading beach destinations in Asia – Myanmar beaches are free from beach-side bars, noisy and overcrowded parties, and overly passionate hawkers. Phuket (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Boracay (Philippines) may just be too noisy and over the top for some tourists. Beach bummers in Myanmar get to enjoy sun, sea and sand in complete serenity. Swimming and snorkeling are also perfectly safe since the waves are gentle, the beach is clean and there are no dangerous marine animals lurking.
The most popular spot to swim and enjoy the tropical sun are the Ngapali Beaches. Ngapali is a 3-km stretch of white, fine sandy beaches on the Bay of Bengal from Ngapali Village to Gyeiktaw, Rakhine. The Bay of Bengal is best known around the world for its stunning sunsets, and these are available to all visitors to Ngapali. In addition to swimming, tourist may visit small fishing villages to experience local culture, buy fresh produce from local markets, explore the countryside on a bicycle, see offshore islands on boat trips or play golf. The best time to come here are from October to May.
To reach Ngapali beaches, travelers may take a 45-minute flight from Yangon or hop into a 14-hour picturesque drive across the Ayeyarwaddy River at Pyay (Prome) and then on a narrow and winding road over the Rakhine Yoma mountain range. Flights to Ngapali are offered daily by Yangon Airways, Air Bagan and Air Mandalay from Yangon, Heho or Nyaung Oo. Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city and very important commercially; the former capital of the country.
Another ribbon of amazing Myanmar beaches are the Ngwe Saung Beaches, 48 kilometers away from Pathein. Newly opened to the public, the stunning beaches of Ngwe Saung Beaches stretch for 15 kilometers, treating its guests with white, powdery sands and clear blue waters. There are rows of scenic palm trees, enchanting offshore islands, mud-free sands, modern yet traditional bungalows, and peace and quiet that every vacationer is hoping for.
Getting to Ngwe Saung by car takes seven hours from Yangon through pot-holed, bumpy and muddy roads across the Ayeyarwaddy Delta region. Those who want to travel in a more romantic mood, a boat ride takes tourists from Yangon to the Pathein River for a 16-hour scenic journey, passing local villages along the riverbanks. Finally, those who wish to travel much more quickly and in style when swimming in Myanmar, private plane rides are available from Yangon to Pathein.