Nabule Beach MyanmarMyanmar Nabule Beach
The pearl of southern Myanmar Dawei has secluded paradisiacal beaches for adventurous travellers. Part of the beach of Nabule, near Dawei.
The best Myanmar is on the Dawei Peninsula. - My Oh Myanmar !
When you are considering to stay in a chalet on one of these shores, you must make a reservation in advance. Dawei, only 12h from Yangon and 10h from Bangkok via Kanchanaburri (click here for information), is a very nice gate to an amazing series of empty and (almost) unbuilt sands.
Surely - and by far - the best places I have been in Myanmar. They can be alone on kilometres of sandy beach and swimming in the cleanest waters. I always thought that the casserole at the end of Myanmar's tourist rainy arch must be the more than eight hundred Myeik archipelago island that imagine a clear sea-white-sand-nirvana that corresponds to the Thai island, but without so many visitors.
There is no reason to visit the skerries, however, because in the northern and southern parts of Maungmakan and especially on the wonderful Dawei peninsula you will find the paradise sandy beach you are looking for. By 2014, these sands were in their original condition. Some of the beach areas have been grubbed up or bungalows have been built.
The new streets have been carved on previously unaccessible shores. However, it still requires a little less work (...) and dexterity to get to these sands. Some of the streets are very bad. Approximately 15 km northwest of Dawei is the well-known and beautiful but by locals somewhat disillusioning Maungmakan Beach.
He' s a beach restaurant connoisseur and used to be very sordid. When you' re looking for real beach paradise, it's definitely not. They are located on the Dawei-penninsula. Beautiful, pristine Dawei is the best place to settle for the great Launglon sands. There are beach bungalows for foreigners on the really south part of the penninsula, but they are scarce.
You' re remote at Sin Htauk Beach, a great place, but not a good place to go exploring much more from the mainland. The cottages are located in San Sa Aw, near the town of Aut Kyauk Wap, with all necessary permits and much better access. The work on the bungalow at Po Po Po Kyauk (Grandfather's Beach) near Nyau Pyin began in early 2016, but is unfortunately over.
Indeed..... See remarks on the back for more details about all this.... Hopefully the images here of the peninsular beach speaks for themselves (although I don't think they really have the feeling of being just on the beaches). Apart from the crowds living and working on some of these shores and in fishermen's communities, we saw no crowds at all in 2014.
Sandy areas range from whites to gold and more. Approximately 15 km northwest of Dawei is the famous (the natives can wait for you there), but disappointingly and often filthy Maungmakan Beach. It is a favourite place, but if you are looking for a paradise beach, this is not the beach you are looking for.
There are some very beautiful sandy areas just off the northern coast of the island and easily accessible by motorbike from Maungmakan and Dawei. 23 km from Maungmakan lies the very beautiful Nabule Beach. Sadly the way there is less good, because it is partially `improved'. It' a somewhat awful, long, stuffy, rough trip on a mostly dull street, which means that Nabule is on my recommendation schedule for now.
In Nabule you should go as far up the beach and around the cliffs as you have to. 12 km southwards of Maungmakan, near the Myaw Yit Pagoda, lies the beach of San Maria and some others, which point to the offers of the penninsula. Maungmakan is connected directly with Pa Nyit (45 minutes) on the actual promontory by the new Kan Pa Nee street (the town just before the beach of San Maria).
This probably means Maungmakan-style throw at currently untouched Pa Nyit. It is also a great excursion: Dawei via Maungmakan to San Maria and Myaw Yit Pagode, then on to Pa Nyit and via Launglon to Dawei. Almost fully equipped Launglon, 35 mins from Dawei, is the starting point for a series of great motorbike resorts that provide the best blend of access, marine living, nature's beauties and vacuity.
Quickly upgrading routes lead over or between the Launglon hill and the highway that crosses the length of the beautiful promontory. The way to find it can be half the pleasure and the relatively inaccessible (!) of these shores is part of what makes them so attractive.
You will have no problems to find the beach with the information here and a little effort from your side. My recommendation is to use Google Map sat imagery to find out where the track hits the highway and reaches the beach. Breathtaking, long distance with empty, gold sandy beach and good shady saplings.
It is not a fishermen's town, so the beach is very calm and clear. Access on an uneven street (20 minutes) starting from the center of Launglon. At Launglon, the street in front of the new store turns 90° to the right, then 90 to the lefthand side again and then 90° to the right in front of the Myo Ma Café.
If the street turns 90 degree to the lefthand side again, drive about 200 meters away from the cafe on a smaller street until the end. Turning to Shan Maw, go ahead to Pa Nyit with its amazingly untouched, kilometre-long sandy beach. At the northern end a resorts area was vacated, although nothing has been constructed yet.
On the southern end of the beach is the entry to a Laguna. During 2014 I was swimming to and around the cliffs on the other side of the lake to a small beach behind. There were spicy mussels on which I clipped my legs to go back to the beach.
At the northern end of the beach there is a small convent and a small cloister on the cliffs, behind which a new street in and over the small mound has been carved to a previously unknown and very remote, mid-size gold beach (above). It' a precipitous beach. History tells us that this beach belongs to Thandar Shwe (the daugther of Senior General Than Shwe) and that she is constructing an upscale residence.
They say the country (166 acres) behind the beach was already grubbed up, but when I was there in April'16 not much more happened. There' s evidence it's gonna be a privately owned place, but I could go right in. Native kids were telling me that the beach is Thin Baw Pyeq, which means as much as damaged vessel, which is connected with the shipwreck of a naval vessel during one of the Anglo-Burmese War.
There' s another beach of similar size and a smaller one just a little further up the Shipwreck Bay coastline. You can now also reach Pa Nyit via the new street (see above), which connects it with Kan Pa Nee and then with Maungmakan. From Launglon, the left-hand bend shortly after the top of the ridge on the street leading from Launglon takes you on the (sometimes better, but still quite difficult) path to the fishermen's hamlet of Shan Maw (there is a sign) and a third town.
Immediately after a small road you turn to your right into the third town. From Shan Maw you can run to the third town. It' gold in Shan Maw. It' a beach that's pretty sharp. Some fishermen work in the sands.
The town of San Hlan is a very nice, functioning fishermen town on a cove and spittle that almost becomes an islan. Some of the best accessible secluded sandy areas - by ferry or at low tide, passing through the waters behind the estuary and up the road over a small mound for only five mins. are located in the northern part of the town.
You can also find two sandy spots in the southwest, which can be reached via the rock. There is a very nice way up from the southerly end of the second bigger beach (many dry fish) and over the promontory to Tizit (20 to 30 min walk). From Launglon the unshaped but well sectioned street to San Hlan starts at the southwestern end of Launglon, where the highway first bends straight again before turning forwards.
Turn right at a very visible crossroad. At the beginning of 2016, the path to the cemetery will be cemented. Titit and Pu Lon (from memory) are two towns behind and on a very long sandy beach, which is the simplest, but in some places a little difficult, the street of these three from a small town ( "Yin Ko?") about five of Launglon.
There' s a small sign with the inscription Tizit Beach at the turnoff to the palms you are looking for. If you follow the street through the Tizit to the end, you reach the smaller town Pu Lon (I believe), which lies directly on the beach and - be careful - is closed off at the highest tide when the laguna behind the estuary of smooth blank sandy with blue sea.
However, this beach was a really breathtaking place without him and although work has just started, he has already spoiled this astonishing beach near the wild. One of two bends to the lefthand (one has a 0km mark) in the town of Tizit gives you entrance, past a new convent (aren't they all?) and over a small viaduct to the south end of the beach.
It has a few smaller sandy areas and a very small town ( "Weh Taun?"), which can be reached on foot just a few meters from here. Seaside part 3: Continue southwards. Approx. 50 min from Launglon on the edge of Ya Beh, a well marked turnoff to the right to Sin Htauk Beach.
This beach is great. Sadly, the way to the beach is terrible. Only a few walking mins from Sin Htauk Beach is Tha Yaun Beach, half of what is without doubt the most amazing of all peninsular sands. Sadly, it can only be reached via the same terrible street you use to get to Sin Htauk.
The Yaun beach is the upper half of a family. It' Po Po Po Kyauk or Grandfather Beach and has a laguna that can be an astonishing outdoor indoor swimmim. It' possible to pass the gulf between Po Po Po Kyauk and Tha Yaw. Arrival: In Nyau Pyin (a larger fisher village) turn right on the main plaza, where a large wood surrounding a sitting place, drive to the northern end of the town and take the path over the hillside (you could go on foot in about 20 minutes) to the breathtaking, long, empty, silvery sands, blue waters, beautiful wild beach.
It makes sense to take the non-signed turnoff to Nyau Pyin two and a half hrs from Dawei (one and twenty from Launglon, thirty from Ya Beh) in Aut Kyauk Wap with a teestop. It is an simple 5 minute walk to Nyau Pyin. A minivan between Dawei and Nyau Pyin costs 2000/3000 kyats and takes 2,5/3 h.
There is a great place in Kyauk Wap Pyin, the town in front of Aut Kyauk Wap, named Yway; that means chocol. When you pass through the town, it is on the right side with a clear green shield. They' re selling Myanmar and Thai cuisine. There is a Kyai Tee Oh styled cliff outcrop behind the same town.
It' a 20-minute climb from Yway's Restuarant, but it's a reward. Views over Tha Yaw / Po Po Po Kyauk / Grandfather Beach and the Laguna behind it must be one of the best in the world. (It's the picture above on this post). Sa Aw / Paradise Beach.
There is a smaller street in Aut Kyauk Wap leading up the hillside to the fishermen' s town Taung Nan. A path at the front of the mound leads down to Paradise / San Sa Aw, a great beach, a paradise beach. A large part of this beach was divested this year, so that we can look forward to more accommodations later on.
A number of other shores can be reached on foot/ship. Between Nyau Pyin and San Sa Aw / Paradise, one of them, Wa Maw, has an interesting giant shrimp "farm" on it. It can be accessed from Nyau Pyin (30 min.). Accessible in 30 minutes from the fishermen' s town of Taung Nan (above, Soe' s Sea Shells readers recommend), just south of paradise (40 minutes), is La Pya Daw (below, recently for $500,000 plus sold).
It is a beautiful beach with green plantation behind with a beautiful outlook (but no sundown and a small crack at low tide). Headquartered in Yangon, Green Vision is now in the hands of a foreign corporation that intends to open an "eco-resort" when it comes to crossing a new street through the jungles.
On the right way, take the right one on the top of the mountain and the right one near the beach, where there are a few cabins. Aw Gyi Wa (above, 45 min by Nyau Pyin river cruise. I like it), Lay Dar Aw (fresh waters sometimes here) and Kan Aw (below, one hours by boat) are not accessible, this is my favorite of all of them.
You can also find some smaller ones on this route. At the end of the peninsular street near the Shin Maw Pagoda is Myin Kwa Aw Beach, where you can see what's remaining of a small cottage village that opened and shut down again last year and this year (approval issues I hear) (same problem).
It' not a great beach in comparison to the others in the area, but it's better than any other beach in Nottingham and it' definitely deserves a look when you go to the raft. To the west end there is a funny kite pit, which is definitely a nice place to go for a stroll. They have to be quite skilled in riding a motorbike on rugged, stony pistes, on precipitous hillsides, in dusty conditions and sometimes in the sands.
Several of the fishermen's towns are a little messy, but there was no garbage at all on the less or totally uninhabitated beach (except what comes in with the tide), nobody wanted to buy anything, mostly nowhere to do it. (At the end of the seasons a cool beverage stand was built at the entry to Grandfatherstrand; a symbol for the future).
Reactions or greetings vary greatly from town to town. It is best for a woman not to be in a swimsuit directly in front of the town or between the fishermen' s canoes. Go down a path before you take your clothes off. In Myanmar, most of the population is fully clothed.
Motorbike rental: New this year and less expensive than the competitors is Mr. Zaw Zaw Myo (great guy) in focus at the Pakoku Kyaung Road 688 (09422 190130 / 09263 030844) near the Shwe Moung Than Hotel. Busses (2500 kyat) run all the way from Dawei to Aut Kyauk Wap, Nyau Pyin and Shin Maw Pagoda.
Auto Kyauk Wap to Parade = 3000 kyat: Kyauk Wap Pyin to Aut Kyauk Wap = 2000. Boaters can take you back and forth between the beach at a fairly reasonable cost, especially if they are already going in that direction. For a two and a half hours rental in Nyau Pyin I payed 15.000 Kyats, 5000 Kyats for the trip from Tizit to San Hlan, 50.000 Kyats plus for outings.
A number of Paradise Bungalows customers have already bought 25/30,000 kyats to ride from Nyau Pyin to paradise without having to take a motorbike on the shady path through the wood. Occasionally beach jumping boats took place in early 2016. When you find someone willing to take you, anticipate paying 50,000 kyats for a journey from 10am to 4pm on a ferry carrying up to ten passengers to Aw Gyi Wa (more beyond) to the southwest or to Sin Htauk to the northeast.
It' a little conceptualized in Myanmar. Sixteen men who said they were police officers and immigrants were on Po Po Po Kyauk beach and told the camper that they could no longer stay there, they should only stay in the San Sa Aw bungalow (Paradise Beach). Later, they hung out at Moe The Zin Restaurant in Nyau Pyin.
On the next night they went back to Po Po Po Kyauk to give a warning to the newcomers. The Paradise Bungalows in San Sa Aw have started to register campervans (or at least threaten to register them). Keep away from Nyau Pyin city centre. Just start small burns and always on the sandy beach and not in the bush.
Take a piss in the ocean or on the moist sands, not at the back of the beach. With the exception of an'emergency', try to prevent any other beach use. When you have to poop, you should excavate a pit and burry it (ideally in earth at least 75 metres from the beach and away from any kind of drinking or sandy beach at low tide).
In Yaun Nee Maw, the town to the south of Kyauk Wap Pyin, there is a legal liquor vendor. Take a right turn onto the street that leads along the river. Improvements will be made to the roads along the promontory, which will further shorten travel time. On the beach of Sin Htauk. There are a few chalets and not much more at the south end of Sin Htauk Beach which - if the local government allows it - can provide accommodation on the promontory.
Aside from the unimpressive bungalow in the shadow of the tree, the sandy beach is untouched. There' s no other meal than what you or your boss can get, pick you up from a hamlet within 15 gnarly min. motorbike trip away from or get you from the local fishers. There is a good sign from the junction on the highway to Sin Htauk Beach at the southwestern end of Ya Beh one hours southwards of Launglon.
They say it's 10 km to the beach. It may be a place to stay for a few nights in the city, but it won't work well as a basis from which you can see other shores, except for a five minute walking southbound. Maybe that's enough, though, because this beach is Tha Yaun, the upper half of an astonishing section of tree-lined, wild dunes adjoining a lake.
Lower half is Po Po Po Kyauk. In San Sa Aw / Myanmar Paradise Beach. Legitim open about 40 min further southwards on the beach of San Sa Aw and about 15 min drive from the town of Aut Kyauk Wap (some of them are difficult, but you can easy parking and enter).
It is a nice beach of your dream in a nice part of the globe. From the Kyauk Wap motorway it is marked and can be accessed by coach from Dawei. Comment on Po Po Po Kyauk / Grandfather Beach. In 2016 work began on the chalets in the tree at the south end of the vast sandy beach near Nyau Pyin, known as Po Po Po Kyauk or Grandfather Beach.
This would be great, as the beach can be reached in 2.5 hrs by mini van (2500 kyats) directly from Dawei, with a nice 20-minute stroll at the end. It is not'legal' for a foreigner to stay at non-licensed sites, but there are sound records of free campsites on this beach.
Comment on Maungmakan: The Maungmakan has its charm, but the beach of Maungmakan was even deeper in 2016 than in 2014. It' a little better now, but it' not a tropic heaven. Some places a foreigner can be in, but I don't see much point in going to Maungmakan except on the way to Nabule (terrible road) or to the San Maria beach or the suggested port of Dawei.
located in a quiet and comfortable backyard about 500m from the beach. At Maungmakan it is a big advantage that it is not on the beach. Myeik: Myeik City does not offer the beach fighter any rewards. Thirty pm, 1000k yat, 1 hour) or hiring a yacht for a few hrs (30 to 70,000 kyat) are all valuable, but they are not beach voyages.
Notice to other Beaches in Myanmar. Myanmar's selection of unspoilt shores is still restricted. The Ngapali Beach is a beautiful beach and can be a nice place to enjoy some quality beachlife. If you only have a short period of the year and only want to get a few sunny and sandy nights, why go there when it requires just as little work to get to Ngwe Saung?
Fishermen's hamlet of San Hlan. South end of the beach of Tizit. The Maungmakan Beach - North End. The Maungmakan Beach - beach restaurant.