The main beach area in Burma is Ngapali (Thandwe). One hour flight west of Yangon, on the Bay of Bengal.
Here you have some fantastic soft sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and a totally tropical backdrop. Burma Beach is not just one beach, but a series of coves interspersed with small fishing villages.
The area has been earmarked for resort development, but currently, it remains wonderfully simple and unspoiled, with gentle pleasures and just a handful of international standard hotels. There are some simple dining options in beachside restaurants.
The best time to visit Ngapali is November through to mid-April when the day is bright and sunny, and the waters calm. From May through to October you have heavier rainfall, higher seas, and beach erosion.
Many hotels close during these months or operate with reduced facilities, so for those looking for a beach extension, we would suggest Koh Samui in Thailand.
Chic’s Suggested Burma Beach Hotels
The Sandoway Resort
One of the original resorts opened in 1999, and still one of the most popular. The Sandoway Resort has 57 villas and suites, set within 6 acres of tropical gardens and over 400 meters of beachfront. Palm roofs and wooden floors. Wonderfully simple, rustic elegance, with an abundance of easy=going charm. Attractive spa, restaurant, indoor cinema and swimming pool.
20 minutes drive from Thandwe Airport, and 30 minutes to the lively local village.
Nightly rates from £138 per person
Based on travel November to March
Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa
Totally stylish, more contemporary in design than The Sandoway, but still offering the simple easy elegance that Ngapali does so well. Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa have 32 free-standing villas. All are sea-facing, although some are set back in the gardens, whilst a few are beachfront. Some also have their own plunge pools. White marble, local teak, and sandstone, thatched roofs. The resort also acts as an informal gallery to some of Burma’s most acclaimed artists. Restaurant, spa, and swimming pool.
Thandwe Airport is 25 minutes.
Nightly rates from £148 per person
Based on travel November to March
As indicated above, Ngapali is earmarked for some significant expansion. Many of the main hotel groups in Asia have signalled their intention to open within the next 24 months. At the moment there is more demand than rooms in the peak season, so early booking is essential.
Most of our clients will combine our Burma beach extension with a tour around the country. We would suggest starting in Mandalay, and then working south to Yangon. From there take a short 60-minute flight to the resort.
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Weatherwise – The best time is usually late October through to end April. During the spring and summer months you have heavy monsoon rains which can disrupt travelling.
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