Ngapali Beach (pronounced Na-pa-li) is Burma at its tranquil best, boasting seemingly endless golden sandy shores that dip down into the clear jade waters of the Bay of Bengal. Unlike many other beach resorts in South Asia, Ngapali Beach is a quiet and still largely unspoiled paradise, lined with swaying coconut palms that offer some shade whilst you sit back and bask in the glorious sunsets.
Evoking the laid-back feel of an Asian fishing village from bygone days, Ngapali Beach remains a peaceful and relaxing haven on Burma’s west coast. Lapped by the calm waters of the Bay of Bengal, this stretch of golden sand is peppered with low-key beach resorts and swaying palm trees, offering the perfect place to relax at the end of a busy trip through Burma.
Ideally explored by bicycle or by small boat to reach the shoreline of fishing villages, Ngapali’s charm is undeniable. Traditional ox-drawn carts trudge up and down the beach whilst fisherman haul in the catch of the day, ready to be cooked over hot coals and eaten with your toes in the sand. If you fancy exploring the crystal clear waters, fishing trips can be arranged out into the bay and there is even a nine-hole golf course nearby if you want to practice your swing.
Perhaps a decider for those unsure when to travel to Burma, Ngapali Beach is very much a seasonal destination, with the hotels only really open in the dry season from October until May. During these months, it is easily reachable with daily flights from many of Burma’s main destinations into Thandwe Airport, under a 20 minute drive from Ngapali Beach.