A beach retreat might not be what you first think of when considering a holiday in Myanmar, but arriving in Ngapali, you’ll find a wonderful stretch of palm trees and fine, white sand lining the clear, azure-blue waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Here, you can really unwind, lazing on the picturesque beach and exploring the natural beauty of the enveloping hills: a true escape from the nine-to-five.

The main draw of Ngapali is the serene, unspoiled beach, which is blissfully devoid of piles of resorts and noisy bars, making this a real hidden gem of Southeast Asia.

Ox-drawn carts trundle along the sand, harking back to the roots of this sleepy little seaside village; fishing boats can be hired in which to discover the nearby islands; and bike tours to visit neighbouring villages are also available. However, you may well find that all you really want to do is kick back on the beach with a cold beer and a good book – and who can blame you? Ngapali is perfectly suited to chilling out and decompressing.

When to go

The best time to visit is during the dry season from November to March. The wet season runs from May to October and lots of hotels close, or are only partially open.


What to do

  • Lounge on the pristine beach.
  • Explore the surrounding hills.
  • Take a fishing boat out to the islands.