The beach at Ngapali is a quintessential white sandy beach lined
with palm trees, fronting the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal and
thankfully still without the nightclubs and rows of high rise chain
hotels that are claiming so many of Southeast Asia's beaches.
Although the most 'developed' of Myanmar's beach retreats,
Ngapali retains a blissful fishing-village charm, where colourful
boats pull up each evening laden with a fresh catch to be served at
the beachside restaurants later that evening, and the locals amble
by travelling by ox-drawn cart. Sure, more hotels are appearing on
the shores of this hidden beach retreat, but there is still nearly
15 miles of unclaimed beachfront real estate, so for the moment,
Ngapali remains a peaceful escape.