WHITE SAND SOLITUDE ON THE BAY OF BENGAL
This remote 3-kilometer stretch of unspoiled, secluded and tranquil white sandy beach remains as Thailand's beaches were two decades ago. An short flight from Bagan or Yangon, Ngapali is the perfect spot to end your trip in Myanmar if you're looking for a far more quiet and relaxing retreat before returning home. There are but a handful resorts here, while leisure facilities and water activities are limited, they do include a nine-hole golf course, and boat trips around the region's fishing villages and offshore islands.
One of Myanmar's finest sand beaches offers the perfect setting for a blissful escape, but has not been developed with the breadth of activities or infrastructure of nearby Thailand, such as diving. Rather, the limited activities in Ngapali include snorkeling the pristine seas, off-shore fishing, exploring local fishing villages (the closest, Lintha is within walking distance, or by bicycle, as an option), hiking in the nearby hills, or venturing out to White Sand Island, a Robinson Crusoe setting just off the coast.
There is also a local market and pagodas, and there is a nine-hole golf course. The nearby town of Thandwe (4 miles/7 kilometers, where the airport is located), is a major seaport and offers a glimpse of local life. An ancient settlement, rice and tobacco farms are dominant in the area.
Ngapali has only a handful of standard resorts and until recently, nothing at the luxury level. An old favorite, The Sandoway Resort, receives popular reviews for it's architecture and service as does the beachfront Amata adn Amara resorts.
A more recent addition, the Aureum Palace (with sister properties in Bagan and Inle) has raised the bar for accommodation in Ngapali, offering a property on par with those in southern Thailand. Although not as exceptional in service nor amenities in such as places as the Rayavadee on the spectacular Phranang Peninsular in Krabi or the Banyan Tree on Bang Tao Bay in Phuket, the setting in Ngapali provides a far more authentic solitude.
The original and longtime favorite at Ngapali, only recently challenged by the Aureum. Founded and managed by French expatriates. Nestled amongst coconut palms on the pristine beach frontage of Ngapali Beach in the bay of Bengal, Burma. The luxurious resort consists of 55 Villas & Cottages, scattered throughout the 6 acres of 450 meters long beach frontage and tropical gardens, most with ocean views.
Designed in traditional South East Asian elegance and constructed in local materials of various kinds of hard wood, stone carving and marble. The hotel interior has been decorated with furnishings and fittings that have been designed and produced exclusively for the Sandoway. Consider the Sandoway after the Aureum.
A fine, standard beachfront property in Ngapali, with ideal beach location. Run by a local family, this resort is comprised of attractive two-story cabanas and rooms off the beach in the midst of nestled on five acres of tropical greenery fringed by a pristine stretch of shoreline. Occupying the prime waterfront location, the four Grand Cabana Sea View bungalows feature panoramic vistas of the Bay of Bengal and luxurious bathroom amenities with soak tubs and private outdoor shower areas. The 14 Cabana Cottages afford two stories of expansive living space surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. The 57 deluxe and superior rooms feature equally sumptuous interiors with teak panels, rattan furnishings and comfortable linens.
The resort organizes the few activities to do in Ngapali, including sailing the azure seas with a windsurfer or kayak, fishing trip on the open ocean, and snorkeling amongst the coral reefs fringing the offshore islands. If you are curious about the Burmese lifestyle, cycle to nearby fishing villages to see how locals have lived in harmony with the sea for centuries. Golfing enthusiasts can head to the nearby 9-hole golf course for some teeing action. The Amata is also home to Ngapali’s lone tennis court.
Climate — When to go
By mid- to late-September the monsoon rains (typically June through August) have begun to dissipate, with light rainfall in October (averaging about eight inches or 206 mm for the month) and then follows the dry months from November through April when temperatures about 65 degrees at night to the high 80s and low 90s during the day.
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