Two thousand kilometers of coastline, much of it long stretches of white sand, put Myanmar in the running to be Asia’s next super-popular beach destination. Many of Myanmar’s beaches are unspoiled and undiscovered, reminiscent of Thailand’s beaches 20 years ago.
The best ones are along the shores of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, these beaches face west, virtually guaranteeing great sunsets. A glimpse of the four of the best Myanmar beaches to visit:
This is a dream beach with seven kilometers of white sand fringed with palm trees. The turquoise sea is crystal clear. The beach is named after the Italian city of Naples — a homesick Italian bestowed the name, so the story goes. The tourist industry is well developed and there’s plenty to do from sea sports — snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking — to cycling and golf.
NgweSaung (Silver Beach)
South of Ngapali and closer to Yangon, the resorts on this stretch of coast arrived a little more than a decade ago. The sea is as clear as it is in Ngapali, but the area isn’t as developed, making it a seriously laid back spot and a great place to do nothing after exploring the country.
Buddhist novices collect morning alms in Chuang Tha, about 240 kilometers west of Yangon. It’s not as beautiful as Ngapali or NgweSaung beaches as the sand isn’t as white and the beachfront is a jumble of hotels, but it’s hugely popular, especially on weekends and holidays.
This is the Myanmar beach to hit if you really want to get away from development. Kanthaya Beach is unspoiled and undeveloped.There are no beachside sports and shops, and that’s the attraction. The beach is shallow and 4.5-kilometres long. Unlike the white sandy beach of Ngapali, 100 kilometers north, the sand here is golden and a little gritty.