Ngapali Beach is the most well-known of Myanmar’s beaches. However, it is far from being a tourist hotspot, and the kilometres of white sand stretch out in front of the beautiful backdrop of the Rakhine Mountains.
There are daily flights to Ngapali from Yangon, Bagan, Sittwe and Heho. The AOR is located in a private setting about 15 minutes away from the aiport. Other beach hotels are also near the airport.
A car journey to Ngapali Beach is possible and scenically interesting, yet rather tiring and not much cheaper than a flight. The drive is 400km on sometimes very bad-quality roads, and can take up to 2 days. Two routes are possible:
First route: After a 4-5 hour drive from Yangon or Bagan you will reach Myanmar’s oldest royal town, Pyay. An overnight stay in this river town is included. The next day, the drive will continue at 5:30am towards Ngapali, and you will cross the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy). The scenic route will take you up a steep pass and into the jungle of the Rakhine Mountains, which lie 1300m above sea level. This part of your drive is around 8-11 hours.
Second route: This route takes you through the Ayeyarwady Delta and the outlying Rakhine Mountains via Gwa, and along the coast to Ngapali. A stop-over option is an overnight stay in a simple guest house in Kantaya Beach (near Gwa). This route is spectacularly beautiful, and is 160km shorter than the other one. However, it is not possible to take this route during the rainy season. The drive will take around 11-16 hours, but can easily be distributed over two days.
Whether simple or luxurious, all hotels are by the beach. Some of the hotels offer boat trips and other excursions to the surrounding area. Nearby fishing villages are an attractive places to visit.
We would be happy to help you in your selection of a hotel according to your preferences.
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