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Myanmar’s premier coastal resort is Ngapali Beach. It is a picture of paradise: miles of empty white sand beaches lined with tall coconut palms. Resort hotels offer visitors the chance to swim, sail, kayak and feast on lobster and prawn by candlelight as the sun sinks into the Bay of Bengal. The neighbouring town of Thandwe has a large market offering traditional pottery, basketry and woven goods apart from the usual fresh produce and fish. The fishermen who moor their boats at a rocky patch of beach are friendly and happy to show off their catch.
The most recent discovery on the west coast is Ngwe Saung Beach. This 14.5-kilometre stretch of coastline offers pure white sand, an unspoiled backdrop of lush forests, groves of palm trees and a new crop of oceanfront luxury hotels. For visitors who want to be more active, there is a beautiful golf resort, as well as diving, sailing and other water sports. The islands and villages in the vicinity are excellent places to explore for those who want to have a sense of local life.
It is a picture of paradise: miles of empty white sand beaches lined with tall coconut palms. Resort hotels offer visitors the chance to swim, sail, kayak and feast on lobster and prawn by candlelight as the sun sinks into the Bay of Bengal.
Just to the north of Ngwe Saung is Chaungtha Beach. With a wide range of accommodation available at reasonable prices, and with seafood cheap and abundant, it is a long-time favourite among local beachgoers. Hired bullock carts or bicycles can be used to follow pathways that will take visitors past small fishing villages on their way to secluded beaches far from the commotion of the hotel areas.
Travelling by boat offers a great opportunity to sit back, relax and observe the pulse of life along the waterways of Myanmar. Cruises float past timber camps with elephants taking baths at sundown, families camped out to pan for gold, grassy banks with picturesque villages, fishermen pulling in the catch of the day with their nets, and jetties where
hawkers sell rice cakes and grilled fish.
One of the great rivers of Asia, the Ayeyarwady is the cultural and economic lifeline of Myanmar.
One of the great rivers of Asia, the Ayeyarwady is the cultural and economic lifeline of Myanmar. From its headwaters in the Himalaya Mountains, it runs the entire length of the country, passing through thick jungles and towering gorges, and into the very heart of Myanmar’s civilisation, ancient and modern.
The most popular trip on the Ayeyarwady River among visitors is between Mandalay and Bagan. The journey can be done as a no-frills daytrip on a local ferry or as a multi-day excursion on a luxury vessel that stops at notable villages and Buddhist monasteries along the way to provide a real glimpse of riverside lifestyles. For those who cannot resist the lure of the mighty Ayeyarwady, extended luxury trips can be scheduled year-round to travel as far south as Pyay in Bago Division and as far north as Bhamo in Kachin State.
Adventurous travellers can also embark on boat excursions on the untamed Chindwin River, which flows through the wilderness of Sagaing Division, passing the town of Monywa before spilling into the Ayeyarwady between Mandalay and Bagan. The river is navigable by luxury boat from its confluence with the Ayeyarwady all the way up to Khamti at the foot of the Naga Mountains 800 kilometres to the north.