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.

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