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BEACHES

NGAPALI BEACH

ngapaliMyanmar’s best-known resort providing the visitor with un-spoilt white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves as far as the eye can see. It serves as the best ground for sunbathing and recreation such as beach strolling, cycling and so on. Unlike today's beaches of Asia, it is free of noisy beachside bars, crowded people and hawkers persuading you to buy their things. There are only natural scenic beauty of the blue sea, white sand and the lovely sun. The sea is cobalt blue, without any dangerous marine animals, clean and clear with gentle waves.

The area contains many small islands that can be visited on day trips from main center. Ngapali beach is a three km ribbon of white, soft-as-talc sand beach that stretches from the village of Ngapali to “ Gyeiktaw ”. The fiery sunset, for which the Bay of Bengal is noted for, can be watched right from your doorstep.

 

How to Get There

Ngapali is 35 minutes flight from Yangon. By overland, 14 hour drive along the narrow winding road over the Rakhine Yoma (mountain range) after crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River at Pyay (Prome).

CHAUNG THAR BEACH

chaung-thaWith fine, beige sand backed by coconut palms trees. Chaungtha Beach lies to west of Pathein ( Bassein on the Bay of Bengal coast. It is a newly developed beach in Ayeyarwaddy Division. Visitors can add up Chaung Thar Beach before they wind up their trip to Myanmar. It saves both time and money. Chaung Thar Beach is mostly travel by local visitor because it is plenty of local restaurants. So it is recommended for the person who would like to enjoy the lively Beach.
 

How to Get There

Chaung-Thar Beach is located 40 km to the west of Pathein (Bassein) in Ayeyarwaddy Division. It is about 5 hours drive from Yangon via Pathein to Chaung-Thar Beach. There are bungalow type hotels along the beach with modern facilities.

NGWE SAUNG BEACH

ngwe-saungIt is newly opened beach about 48 km from Pathein This unspoilt beach stretches 15 km of white and blue sea. There are newly constructed bungalows with local flavour but equipped with modern facilities. Countless larger and smaller tributaries interconnect the vast and fertile Ayeyarwaddy Delta; it is an ideal area for rice cultivation. Ngwe Saung Beach, as the latest emerging beach destination in Myanmar, is a jewel for independent travelers seeking nothing more but quietude, seashore and the ocean. With its sandy shore free of mud and clay, transparent and clean seawater, pretty islands nearby and rows of palm trees, is really an irresistible attraction for beach lovers.

 

How to Get There

Ngwe Saung can be reached by car from the capital Yangon in approximately seven hours. The journey takes travelers on a partly bumpy and pot-holed road across the alluvial Ayeyarwaddy Delta region. As an alternative to road travel, it is now possible to travel from Yangon to the Pathein River by boat, a journey of approximately 16 hours through picturesque scenery, passing homesteads and typical villages dotted along the riverbanks. Please refer to the River Trails for the cruises information.

WESTERN PART OF MYANMAR

SITTWE

sittweThe city started as a trading port around 200 years ago and further developed after the British occupation of 1826. International trade along the coast bloomed during the British era. Two huge cargo steamers a day plied back and forth between Calcutta and Sittwe. There is a distinctive Rakhine twist on standard Myanmar culture that includes the enjoyment of much spicy food and brighter-coloured clothing.
An airport town which serves as entry to Mrauk U. Sittwe, itself has no interesting sites.
 
Mrauk-U (Mrohaung)

mraukuThe old capital of Rakhine founded in 15 century, and remained its capital for 355 years. The golden city of Mrauk U became known in Europe as a city of oriental slendor after friar Sebastian Manrique visited the area. Father Manrique’s vivid account of the coronation of King “ Thiri Thudhamma ” in 1635 and about the Rakhine Court and intrigues of the Portuguese adventurers fire the imagination of later authors.

Mrauk U can reach from Sittway through a very pleasant river journey about 4 hours. If travel in the winter, one can see flocks of wild geese, ducks and other migrating waterfowls.

Even the pagodas are strategically located on hilltops and look like fothresses and indeed they are once use as such in times of enemy intrusion. There moats, artificial lakes and canals and the whole area could be flooded to deter or repulse attackers.

 

How to Get There

About ten years ago it was difficult to travel to this area but now it is quite developed to visit Mrauk-U. From Yangon there are daily flights to Sittway the capital of Rakhine State. Then from Sittway to Mrauk-U you can take a boat on the Kaladan River about 4 Hrs.

Chin hill

The Chin live in the Northwest border areas or further south in the Rakhine State. Mt.Victoria of 3400 meter high is the perfect place for nature lovers. Soft trekking, butterfly and bird watching are available. Some of the women there tattoo their faces completely in tasteful designs. The ritual is entirely voluntary and as the practise is dying out, not many young women are seen with tattooed faces. But the old traditional of this tattooing face still can be seen in some villages. Their hand woven cotton and silk in traditional designs and colors are collectors’ items.

 

How to Get There

174 km from Bagan by jeep and roads are still very bad so this excursion is not recommended for rainy season ( May to Oct ). As for accommodations, only very simple guesthouses are available so this excursion is suitable only for the adventurous clients.

THE LAND OF COLORFUL TRIBES

KYAING TONG

kyaingtongKyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes. Situated in the eastern Shan State and its about an hour flight from Heho and by land 452 km from Inle Lake and 176km north of the border town of Tachileik opposite Mae sai, ( Thailand ). And it is 56 miles away from Mong Lar, a Chinese border town. There are many villages of various ethnic tribes resided around Kyaing Tong. The tribes known as Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung, Akha, and we can differentiate the tribes by colourful dresses which is different to one another. Can observe their tribal dances and their way of living on these mountainous regions around Kyaing Tong.

 

How to Get There

One can fly direct from Heho to Kyaing Tong in 1 hour. And Kyaing Tong is 3 hrs drive from Tachileik which in on to the border with Thailand. The road condition from Inle Lake to Kyaing Tong still not improve and off-limits.
A trip to Kyaing Tong can be recommended in the dry season since the rainy season is very heavy in this area. The tour can start from Yangon or Heho or Mandalay and we recommend a stay of 2 to 3 nights. A trip includes trekking to the tribal villages, and therefore one has to be in good physical condition. Although a trip to Kyaing Tong must be regarded as an adventure tour, the area is of great interest for visitors interested in experiencing a completely different side of Myanmar.

NORTHERN PART OF MYANMAR ( Burma )

MYITKYINA

myitkyinaIt is the northern most railway terminal, 919 miles from Yangon and 487 miles from Mandalay. Visitors can tour the Myit Sone, the confluence of Maikha and Maykha Streams. Ayeyarwady, the most useful river in Myanmar has its source from this confluence and flows 1325 miles to the mouth of the river. The water over here is crystal clear. The panoramic view of the scenario at Myit Sone with the unspoiled beauty of nature is beyond the expression of words and will definitely be a fine attraction to tourists. Different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs, dialects, dances and lifestyles. For mountaineering enthusiasts, expeditions to Mount Khaka Bo Razi and Mount Gam Lan Razi would be an adventure.

 

How to Get There

Myitkyina can be reached by air from Yangon by Myanmar Airways only and which take 2 ½ hours via Mandalay and the flights are operated irregular. It can be reached by train from Mandalay and it will take 26 hours.

PUTAO

putaoPuta-O is another town in Kachin State surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is cool the whole year round and there are many varieties of citrus fruits grown in the orchards. Flowing streams and rivulets, straw-roofed houses and fences of pebbles and creek stones provide a pleasant, pastoral contrast to the scenes and sights of modern cities. The suspension bridges are the typical river crossing in this region. People of the Rawan, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Jingphaw and Kachin are represented in the region. It is the nearest town to the base camp for Climbing Mt. Khakhaborazi (5889 metres), which is the highest mountain in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia. Putao is the starting point for Myanmar's most adventurous trekking adventures.

 

How to Get There

From Myitkyina by air about 30 minutes and only Myanmar Airways is available.

Southern Part of Myanmar

MAWLAMYINE

mawlamyaingMawlamyine, a charming town, is the capital of Mon State, situated at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. Located 28 miles from the sea, it is the third largest city in Myanmar. Visitors to Mawlamyine are simply enchanted at the scenic beauty and it’s temperate climate. The atmosphere of post-colonial decay is still palpable here. A beautiful river trip from Pa-An can be done but not recommended because of the irregularity of boat schedule.

 

How to Get There

299 Km, 10 hours drive and 18 hours by train from Yangon.

THANBYUZAYAT

thanphyuzayutAbout 60 kilometres south of Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat is the counter part of river kui death railways maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

 
Other Areas

There are also many other places of interest for tourists to visit in Myanmar, eg. Mawlamyaing (Moulmein), Lashio, Myitkyina, Monywa, etc.

 

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