Yes, Myanmar has beaches! Sure, they may not receive all the hype that Thailand does, but if you have the time you should definitely visit Ngwe Saung beach.
THE GREATEST REWARD AND LUXURY OF TRAVEL IS TO BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE EVERYDAY THINGS AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO BE IN A POSITION IN WHICH ALMOST NOTHING IS SO FAMILIAR IT IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED. — BILL BRYSON
There are several beaches to choose from depending what you are looking for. Here’s a quick overview:
If visiting either Chaung Tha or Ngwe Saung beach, definitely consider taking the adventurous journey to travel across land and water to visit the alternate beach as well.
It is important to take your sense of adventure with you on this journey! You will likely be waiting in the hot sun, have little guidance about where to go next, and get a bit wet on your trip. Be prepared to wade in water up to knee deep, sit on a crowded boat full of people, chickens and motorbikes, and laugh at the situation.
If you take your own motorbike, expect to push it up a wooden ramp to load it onto the boat. Burmese people are super helpful, so you’ll likely have a helping hand if you get stuck. Chances are you’ll be one of few foreigners on the trip, so it’s a good opportunity to be exposed to the life of the locals. In fact, try to identify some of the locals going the whole distance and then follow them from point A to point B to make your trip go a lot smoother.
Don’t take yourself too seriously, and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Getting from Chaung Tha to Ngwe Saung can be a bit tricky, so ensure you follow these guidelines for a smooth trip:
Where else in the world could you cruise down a beautiful barren beach?
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