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Beach-Location and Arrival - Ngapali Forum
The Ngapali Beach is located at the Bay of Bengal in the south of Rakhine State and is 175 northeast of Yangon and a similar yard south of Mrauk U. The Ngapali Beach is Sandoway (SNW), the British derivation of Thandwe, the most important state city. The Ngapali Beach is Myanmar's first seaside resorts, but it has developed discreetly and although there are more than 15 properties (with 4 more to be built), they are all small by global comparison and all within the treeline, making them practically unseen from the North.
Most of the establishments have less than 30 rooms and even the biggest, Amata, has only 100, which means that even in high seasons the maximal number of guests distributed on the 3 beach, inclusive the Ngapali beach side, is never more than 1500, so that the beach can look like an abandon.
All three of the touristy shores are sandy and gold, the beach is slightly descending and the ocean is hot and clear. That January, after 10 visitations over the years, was the first a jellyfish I met, but for a few nights there were some small little bluish spines that were very uncommon for this season.
Accommodation on the beach promenade is kept free of rubbish, so the beach is usually quite clear and tourists shovel up all the thrown away cans. During the high seasons, the lowest priced rooms are now $40+, while the luxurious Boston hotel stores are charging $450+ plus for the best rooms, but there is still a large selection of hotel options for most budgets.
Most of the tourists are in the high seasons from mid-October to the end of April, when most are closed and nailed and mothed up for the monsun. Some small guesthouses in the town of Linthar are open all year round for commercial and NGO use. Monsoons can be very nasty (it is the same bad climate that has devastated Bangladesh for most years) and in a few years the fishermen will not be able to set sail for 3-month.
The visitor nationality is almost exactly Myanmar's style, with the major groups being made up of Myanmar residents in France, Germany and Italy, followed by other Europeans and with Englishspeaking immigrants in the group. But all guests are supposed to be able to speak Spanish with the local people and the local people, which is great! Originally designed for the three-day beach expansion markets, Ngapali Beach is becoming more and more regarded as a quiet and restful seaside and sunbathing area for longer trips as an alternatives to Thailand.
Now Qatar Air is advertising as such on the RF flight network with services from Moscow via Doha to Yangon, attracting more upscale Russian-speaking visitors for 10/14 days. While the local people can use the coach from Yangon via Pyay (Prome) to Thandwe, it is not for the nerves of steel, as it is a 12 to 14 hours drive on very poor road through the jungles of the Arakan Mountains.
Backuppackers who have made the journey say that it is one of the worse in Myanmar. There are only one or two off-season Yangon services per weeks - who wants to be in an ATR in the monsun! During the high seasons there can be up to 5 daily departures from Yangon at approximately $200 per flight (January 13th).
We also offer a dayly flight in high seasons from Nyaung U (Bagan) via Heho for about $150 a day.