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Ngapali Beach


Ngapali Beach in Myanmar is widely considered to be the most beautiful in Rakhine State, if not the entire country. This stretch of strand takes its name from the Italian city Naples, which it is considered to be reminiscent of. Three kilometres long, on this sublime Myanmar beach the sand is white and uncluttered and peppered with languorous coconut and palm trees. The fishing villages that are dotted along the coast are easy to visit either by foot or bicycle, and there are scores of restaurants serving traditional Rakhine fish dishes. Ideal for kicked-back Burma holidays, Ngapali, Myanmar’s most popular beach, faces the Indian Ocean in the west, therefore spectacular sunsets can be witnessed in the evening.

Boat trips can be made to go snorkelling off Pearl Island and treasure hunt for rare shells on Pirate Island. For golfers, a course near the village of Ngapali has recently been renovated. The more energetic visitor can explore the range of hills behind the Strand Beach Hotel. In their midst is a reservoir where you are welcome to swim. During the winter months, this lake is the haunt of migrating waterfowl and duck.

Not too far from Ngapali is the town of Thandwe, mentioned in the Takkhine Chronicles as one of the ancient capitals of Rakhine, then known as Dwarawadi. There are three pagodas around Thandwe which one can visit. ‘Thandwe’ means ‘iron bound’, which comes from a legend that claims that the city in ancient times had the ability to soar above the earth when in danger. During the reign of Nareindo, the town was invaded by Vasudeva, father of Krishna, and his nine brothers. With the aid of a sorcerer, the ten brothers were able to deprive the town of its power, and bind it to the ground with iron chains. At the turn of the twentieth century the British stationed a garrison here and twisted the name to 'Sandoway' - the town's airport takes its three-letter code from this name. Thandwe's central market takes place in what was the British jail.

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