If you’re looking for pristine white sand, clear blue sea and little to do other than kick back with a cocktail and the freshest seafood you’re likely to find, then Ngapali Beach is your kind of place. While it’s on many package tour itineraries, however, it’s less popular with independent travellers. This is largely due to the cost of accommodation, which has spiralled in recent years, plus the time or expense involved in getting there: from Yangon it’s either a fifty-minute flight or a gruelling eighteen-hour bus journey. That said, those who do make it to Ngapali Beach rarely seem to regret it.

Several places on the beach offer massages for K6000 to K8000, while if you’re feeling a little more active then you can arrange snorkelling (K15,000/person) through hotels. The boat trip, which usually includes a stop to swim off a secluded beach, tends to overshadow the snorkelling itself.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Myanmar (Burma) features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

In Buddha's footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

In Buddha's footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

Buddhism has ancient roots in Myanmar, and its influence is all pervasive – arguably more so than in any other Southeast Asian country. Everywhere you go you …

28 Oct 2016 • David Abram insert_drive_file Article
12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

Sunset is one of our favourite times of the day – it's an excuse to sit back, drink in hand and take in the scenery, whether you're high above your favourite …

23 May 2016 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

In 2011, after 15 years of a tourism boycott to avoid aiding the oppressive military junta, Myanmar opened its doors to visitors. The country, now with a democr…

16 May 2016 • Helen Abramson insert_drive_file Article
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month