Many people and tourist yet not realized that Myanmar has some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in all of Asia. We post a list of some places you should know when you are planning your next trip to Myanmar. We will divide them in to three parts
a) Family beach mostly visited by rich Yangon travelers and only handful overseas tourists
b) Rakhine state beaches which well know for tour operator and in a high season are mostly visited by tourists and very few Myanmar people.
c) South of Myanmar which is just being left over in development but includes beautiful towns and 800 island of archipelago Merugi.
The time to go is November through April. By spring, the water is warm. The beach is a great place to be for the Water Festival in April. You should avoid going the in the start of the rainy season (May and June).
a) Family beach driving range distance from Yangon
Chaung Tha. Beach is the closest thing Myanmar has to a holiday resort for ordinary folks – it’s where the locals come to play. At this very Burmese beach party there’s bobbing about on rubber rings, -football games, happy family picnics and evening fireworks. Just 25 miles west of Pathein and six-odd hours from Yangon, Chaung Tha gets especially busy at weekends and on holidays. It’s not the most awe-inspiring coastline But if you’re looking to squeeze some sand and sun into your visit to Myanmar, it’s a relatively convenient and affordable option and, unlike Ngwe Saung Beach further south, a fair few places stay open year-round.
Ngwe Saung –More sophisticated than nearby Chaung Tha Beach, and with finer sand and clearer, deeper water, palm-fringed Ngwe Saung Beach has emerged as a hip destination for Yangon’s new rich. These days the northern end of the beach is occupied by a succession of upscale resorts. But backpackers have long found a home here too – the southern end has budget bungalows and an agreeably laid-back vibe. Foreign visitors tend to prefer this to Chaung Tha’s more raucous atmosphere. Dividing the north and south of the 13 miles of beach here is Ngwe Saung Village, where there’s an increasing crop of decent restaurants. Given Ngwe Saung’s relative proximity to Yangon – it’s a six-hour bus ride away – this is perhaps the best place in Myanmar for a beach getaway that won’t break the bank.
b) Rakhine state beaches well quipped with 4 and 5 star resorts and many over priced bungalows.
Ngapali Beach-with its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand, the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, and a host of sophisticated accommodation.The locals remain smiley, and despite the increasing number of hotels, the 15 miles of coast here means there’s still a lot of space on the beach. But for all the swish resorts, Ngapali maintains a laid-back fishing village vibe, as evidenced by the small boats that head out nightly to catch the bounty that is served up to visitors just hours later.
Sittwe beach Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe sits in an incredible spot where the wide, tidal Kaladan River kisses the big, fat Bay of Bengal. It’s a historic place, although there’s little of that past still around or accessible. There are some lively markets, and when the new port is finished an economic boom might liven things up, but for now there’s little of real interest here.
c) South of Myanmar- simply undiscover by tourists and underdevoleped but quickly peaking up. Remember South of Myanmar includes 3 distance and very diffretn trvel destinations Dawei, Myiek and K
Dawei is, a beautiful town with about 120.000 people about 13 hour on the bus from Yangon and there few local airlines can take you there
Located just outside of Dawei in southeast Myanmar, is the country’s second-most historic beach (after Ngapali). In Colonial times it was a popular spot with English visitors, and now it remains popular with locals in the area. During the week, the beach is often quiet, though it gets very busy on the weekends. This is a great spot to base yourself while exploring other beaches and towns in the area.
Paradise beach, Grandfather Beach.
It is quite a distance about 2 hours drive from Dawei but is best beach ever there. This is a several km long beach with pure squeaky white sand (Think a long long Bremer Bay mixed with Esperance but with jungle) that currently is completely deserted but I can see it becoming a Koh Samui within 5 -10 years EXTREMELY EASILY. It will become a wreck and at the moment is pure heaven.
Myiek-is a port city much bigger and more busiest than Dawei. It is about 5-6 hours from Dawei so it would be about 18 hours from Yangon. The city doesn’t have any famous beach but is a gateway to Archipelago Marugi with 800 different islands with own beaches and some of the island have double site beach. The best idea is to get there make an island trip and for sure you will find your best options.
Kawthoung- Near the boarder with Thailand is in the very deep South of Myanmar not recommaded going on bus from Yangon. The best option is to fly from Yangon or came from Thailand.