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Myanmar (Burma): Ngwe Saung Beach

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Ngwe Saung Beach | Myanmar (Burma) | Asia

[Visited: March 2006]

The distance from Yangon is not big, but getting to Ngwe Saung Beach from the capital is not easy. A change of bus in Pathein (and a night in that agreeable town) is what it took us, and when we finally arrived with the slow bus from Pathein, taking almost three hours for the 42km ride, we had the impression to be far away from the hustle of Yangon. It is easy enough to find a reasonable accomodation on this long stretch of sand, and the peacefulness gives a remote feeling. Perfect to wind down.

Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Ngwe Saung Beach: part of the bay seen from above

Not many people find their way to this beach, even though it is closest to the capital. And since its size is enormous, the few people coming here disperse on the white sands - or Silver Sands, as the beach is also being called. Most of the visitors are Burmese, and give a local feeling to this beach. It was striking that the beach was clean, I did not see much trash on it. The sea had a nice surf, great for some playing around in, and never becomes dangerous. All in all, the beach is great for some days of relaxation.

Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): The sea of Ngwe Saung Beach seen from above

I could not resist and went running around sunrise every day, exploring a little further this long stretch of white sand. Remarkably, the beach was clean all the way, and became even more remote the further I ran. I came across several smaller fishing villages before reaching the end of the beach. One of the sights is a rock which can only be reached during low tide, which holds a mermaid and has some good views over the beach when you climb to the top. From the main village, you can walk the other way, which brings you to a small pagoda on two rocks right on the beach.

Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Ngwe Saung Beach with rocks and waves and lots of sand
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Ngwe Saung Beach with rocky island in the background
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Sand, rocks and palmtrees at Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Reflected sunlight on Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Sunset at Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Oillamps at restaurant on Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Fisherman walking Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Shrines on Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Having their picture taken with mermaid at Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Low tide approach of rocky island at Ngwe Saung Beach
Picture of Ngwe Saung Beach (Myanmar (Burma)): Walking shallow water on the way to the rocky island at Ngwe Saung Beach

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