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Ngwe Saung Beach

The adventure of getting from Chaungtha to Ngwe Saung beach

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.

Myanmar beaches, here we come! - ngwe saung beach

Myanmar beaches, here we come!

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:

  1. Ngapali beach – Catch a short flight to reach the pristine, white beaches of Myanmar, and take in the beautiful views of the Bengal Bay.
  2. Chaung Tha beach – The most laid back of Myanmar’s beaches, Chaung Tha can be earned in 5-hours from Yangon
  3. Ngwe Saung beach – Also known as Silver Beach, Ngwe Saung is a 6-hour bus ride from Yangon
Myanmar's spectacular beaches! - ngwe saung beach

Myanmar’s spectacular beaches!

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.

Enjoy the ride! - ngwe saung beach

Enjoy the ride!

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.

Live like the locals! - ngwe saung beach

Live like the locals!

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.

Safety first - yep, the ramp is secure! - ngwe saung beach

Safety first – yep, the ramp is secure!

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:

  1. Motorbike ride from Chaung Tha Beach to boat “ramp” –  15 min
  2. Boat ride – 10 min & 800 kyat/$0.60
  3. Motorbike ride – 10 min
  4. Boat ride – 5 min & 700 kyat/$0.50
  5. Motorbike ride – 10 min
  6. Boat ride – 5 min & 700 kyat/$0.50
  7. Motorbike ride from boat “ramp” to Ngwe Saung Beach –  15 min
Don't worry, the balloons will keep you afloat! - ngwe saung beach

Don’t worry, the balloons will keep you afloat!

  • Travel time: 2-3 hours (depending on timing & demand, you may wait between up to 15 minutes for a boat)
  • Motorbike: 10,000 kyat/$7.50 per day
  • Petrol: 1,000 kyat/$0.75
  • Boat trips: 4,400 kyat/$3.50 round trip
  • Total cost: 15,400 kyat/$11.75
  • Adventure: Priceless!

Where else in the world could you cruise down a beautiful barren beach?

Island Life - Palm Trees ngwe saung beach

Island Life – Palm Trees

About the Author Rob & KIm

Simply Travelled is a travel blog dedicated to helping people like YOU break the mold. We want to inspire you to question the status quo and get the most out of life!

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