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Compare Myanmar Beaches; Ngapali, Ngwe Saung & Chaung Tha
Burma has only three coastal resorts, all along the north west coastline overlooking the Bay of Bengal and the sunset - all three a long way from the capitol Yangon. Broadly put, these three can be divided into the more pricey, high-class lido Ngapali - which is considered a "foreign" residence - and the two less pricey beaches Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha, the "local" beaches for Myanmar family and young city-dwellers.
Removal is the biggest obstacle that separates the beaches and creates the two "classes". The Ngapali is located high up on the coastline and requires a relatively costly, one-hour trip from Yangon. On the other hand, Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha see an influx of busses, cabs and private cars on the weekends, which bring a large number of Yangonese to the beaches for a few bucks per each.
Well-to-do Burmese also like to travel to Ngapali to indulge in the more luxury beach resort, while a small but increasing number of westerns, many of them middle-aged backpacker tourists, join the local people on the less expensive beaches. Ngapali's one-hour ART 72 service is simple and convenient, and within a few minute of touchdown you can be in a room in a hotel.
Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha take five hour drives which, according to the rider, can sometimes be a great ankle and stressed time. Myanmar requires such a distance for a sea excursion. Yangon, the capitol, is located in a low estuary in a low estuary of mangroves and swamps covering an area of several hundred kilometers squared.
It has no sand beaches, only the slimy canals and low-lying isles of a lush rainforest area. However, the land has huge sea tourist resources, as the 800 Mergui Archipelago islets are slumbering and almost untouched, hiding several hundred or even thousand wonderful beaches.
In the air-line line these two beaches are only 15 kilometers apart. The vehicles have to go back to Pathein halfway and then traverse a small crest street that connects their major highways. Yangon is almost the same as the two beaches, about 225km. Photographs in our gallery show how different these two beaches really are.
The Chaung Tha, the northerly shore, is the more lively, fuller and louder of the two. Burmese young people are attracted to enjoy their weekends and holidays - a lot of food, drinks, games and flirt - most of it taking place directly on the sandy beaches, which are full of bars and bars.
The Chaung Tha's loud goings-on is cramped in only two kilometers of sandy, while Ngwe Saung is about eight kilometers long - another apparent cause why Chaung Tha looks so overcrowded compared to his longer, calmer, more southerly sibling. The Ngwe Saung has a few merchants, renting beaches from folks who play on the beaches, but they scatter over its long sandy beaches and it often looks almost abandoned.
Choosing between the two beaches should therefore be quite simple; Ngwe Saung is suitable for those looking for tranquility and tranquility in a restful seaside vacation; Chaung Tha is for those looking for activities, entertainment, food, drink and a savoury view of the opposite gender. Dining and dining - an important part of any vacation - can have a big influence on the qualitiy of a trip to one of Myanmar's three beaches.
This is the lover of the three seaside towns, Ngapali, at a loss. Ngapali is missing customers who support many good places to eat on the two cheap beaches - many Yangonese people. There is no touristic town in Ngapali and the few independant local places that serve only a few aliens are not comparable to those in Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha.
Low sales are to be excluded everywhere. However, only a few people are happy with it - most want to get out and try alternative, independant meals. Ngapali beachfront restaurant, where the street is near the sands - they are few but very loved - have been cleared and may not be there long.
Some badly patronised touristic diners are along the side street, but outside the hotel the food possibilities in Ngapali are bad. Both Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha, where many middle-class and affluent Burmese come to dine, enjoy and enjoy themselves, have great cuisine.
In Ngwe Saung there are practically no beacheside dining or stands, while in its twin destinations, dining under parasols on the sandy beaches is certainly the greatest seaside activities. Ngwe Saung's restaurant - and there are some very beautiful ones - are all located in the small touristy town at the northern end of the shore.
At the southern end, he is leaving a full five kilometers from a non-hotel lunch. At Chaung Tha, where the coast is only two kilometers long, the restaurant is lined up all along the street behind the luxury resort properties. So in Chaung Tha, the funny, loud place for young Burmese, dining is a big deal, and people can find meals just by walking on the sandy beaches in front of their resort or on the streets behind.
Shells in Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha are generally delicious - as crisp as you can find them nowadays, and still carry the overwhelming flavor of the sea, not the bland flavor of seafarm.