Pristine beaches in the Bengal Bay

Myanmar tourism attracts visitors not only by the mysterious mysteries of the golden temples, traditional food and typical customs that are unique to this place but also the beauty of the beaches.

All Myanmar beach resorts are closed during the rainy season - from May to October so your best time to go to beaches is from Dec to Apr. Sea water in spring will be warm and don’t miss the splashing festival here in Apr. The clothes on Myanmar beaches are jeans and T-shirts, or shorts and even pajamas, but not bikinis. Yes, that is, you don’t mishear. Tourists may be the exception for swimming suit, but not for topless or slacks.
Myanmar also has the potential to become an attractive surfing spot. The waves are not too strong makes it suitable for beginners. For those who like big waves, the best time is early in the rainy season - May and June.


The beautiful Ngwe Saung Beach is in the Ayeyarwaddy area, about 48 km from Pathein, and about 190 km from Yangon on West coast of the country.

Although just a new tourist destination, not as famous as Ngapali beach, it is significantly closer to Yangon, offers a wider choice of mid-range accommodation and its hotness is not inferior to any other Myanmar beaches.

Ngwe Saung is the longest beach of Southeast Asia. With the 15km white sand beach stretches along the blue sea and the stunning landscape painted from palm trees, endless clear sea water, and island nearby makes Ngwe Saung beach an irresistible attraction for beach lovers. This is affectionately named Silver Beach.

Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwe Saung Beach

Coming here, you will find out a peaceful place with pristine beaches, clear blue water in a large area and whispering waves rushing to the shore, not too noisy and not too calm.
The clean turquoise sea without any dangerous animals and gentle waves here make it the best place for swimming, surfing and enjoying sunshine.

Ngwe Saung Beach is probably the most beautiful at dawn, when the sun slowly rising above the sea shines, radiate tenderly rays of sunlight into the sea dispelling the cold air of darkness, make the whole space as rosy as poetry. Or when the sunset falls, the fiery red ball recedes towards the horizon, the surface of the sea is inlaid with brilliant gold, makes visitors cannot take their eyes off.

You can go around small fishing villages and local markets, explore the countryside by bike or enjoy a boat ride to the amazing islands. The tradition of riding a Bullock cart, horse riding, cycling or simply walking along the coast will give you exciting memories to follow for the whole lifetime. Fresh coconut, juice will make you completely relax here.


Chuang Tha, about 5 hour-drive from Yangon is a favorite destination for Yangon middle-class families. Chaung Tha has the same distance from Yangon by road as Ngwe Saung, and you can take motorbike traveling between the two beaches along a coastal track.

Chuang Tha

Crystal clear Chuang Tha Beach

Chuang Tha is not as exclusive as Ngapali or Ngwe Saung and the beach is very popular with locals, especially crowded on weekends and public holidays. So the best options for foreign tourists are taking the boat and explore the nearby islets (White Sand and Pho Kalar – the best place to swimming and dive); bring your own diving gear and see the brilliant tropical fish, relax at attractive (4km) Northern beaches of Chuang Tha, enjoy delicious range of fresh seafood (that is much more tasty than other beaches’) with view of the bay and immense green mountain ranges; biking around Kyaut Maung Nhama where you will find a nice coast with beautiful rocks and Kyauk Pahto - a pagoda lying on a majestic large rock.

Hpo Kala Island is only a seven minutes ride across the sea in a motorboat. It has an area of 2.5 sq miles with about 200 people mainly fishermen living there. A ten-minute walk across the 550-yard beach will bring you to

There is Aung Mingala Mya Kyunnyo Pagoda with a standing Buddha statue to visit in Hpo Kala Island. The Pagoda itself has a height of 25 feet, was built on a small hill which you will get the gorgeous views of other islands in the surrounding. The Chaung Tha's Buddha attracts visitors by its unusual design, encased by serpents on three sides.

Aung Mingala Mya Kyunnyo Pagoda

Aung Mingala Mya Kyunnyo Pagoda


Ngapali is considered as the most perfect beach in Myanmar stretching over the Bay of Bengal. Locates about 7km from Thadwe village, in Rakhine state – Western of Myanmar, about 400km far and served by 45-minute-flight from Yangon, it is famous for its natural and untouched beauty.

With beautiful natural scenery of blue sea, white sand, and calm sun; 3km coast line of soft pure white sand basing the crystal-clear water from Indian Ocean under the canopy of coconut trees; platinum blue clean and safe seawater; without any dangerous marine animals, no industries, and no littering issues here, Ngapali deserve to be one of the most pristine stunning beaches in the world.

With the blue and quiet sea water, the beach is extremely rich in marine fish resources including shrimp, lobster, corals, marine mammals, shellfish, squid, snapper, grouper, seabass, hilsa, Japanese horse mackerel, Spanish mackerel…

Ngapali Beach is one of the best places in Myanmar for you not only to take recreation but also to study the local culture by visit local markets, trawling, draw up a net with fish-men or visit the Tilawkasayambhu Buddha that situated on a hilltop at the south of Ngapali, offering panoramic views over the bay and out to sea.

In addition to the usual beach-activities like swimming, sunbathing, visiting the small fishing village Jate Taw, and local markets in Thandwe town, you can experience Ngapali more by exploring the countryside by bike, take to the skies in a hot air balloon; or sailing to, snorkeling in wonderful islands (Pearl island). There is also a 18-hole golf course here for you to show that you are the excellent beach golfer.

red sunset on Ngapali Beach

Beautiful sunset on Ngapali Beach


Traveling from Yangon to Gwa district is 280km of road, 50 minutes on flight and about 17km more to Kanthaya beach.

Gwa is actually a jetty area, with not-so-developed accommodations. The island has a beach but it is not directly in the town and you will have to hire a motorbike to ride for about 1 kilometer. But all of those laid-back first impressions couldn’t stop visitors coming here. The beach is pristine, calm and beautiful. Once you get there, you will find it is worth. And many visitors not only come to Gwa once.

If you are looking for a unique beach vacation, escaping from the noisy and flashy modern life, Gwa is definitely what you are looking for.

Gwa coastline

Without luxury or international standard accomodations, Gwa is still one of the most beautiful island in Myanmar

Not so far from Gwa and absolutely untouched and tranquil, Kanthaya Beach (known as the ‘Pleasant Beach') brings you get private space to escape the urban noise. There are no services for tourist such as sport games or souvenir so you can enjoy the infinite freedom here. With the shallow sea water and yellow sand you have arrived in the seemingly endless stretches of palm tree-lined sand beach here.

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