Myanmar has two coasts - the Western Rakhine coast facing the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Taninthayi coast along the amerald-green Andaman Sea. The Southern coast including the reputedly stunning Myeik (formerly Mergui) Archipelago. The Western Seaboard is open to visitors for 8 months of the year, from October to May. At other times, strong winds and heavy rains batter the coast. The premier beach resort on Rakhine coast is, without a doubt, Ngapali Beach in the state of Arakan, so named, as the story goes, by a homesick Italian after a native Naples (Napoli in Italian). Since the beaches of Myanmar are where few tourists tread, they remain remarkably pristine. No loud beachside bars, no rows of suntan-oiled bodies basking in the sun and no vendors offer souvenirs.
Located on the Rakhine Coast near Thandwe (Sandoway), Ngapali is one of the beautiful beaches in Myanmar. This unspoilt beach is 35 minutes flight from Yangon. Air Mandalay flies two times daily in high season. By overland, 14 hour drive along the narrow winding road over the Rakhine mountain ranges after crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River at Pyay (Prome). Accommodation varies standard to five star, such as Bayview Hotel, Sandoway Resort Hotel. There is an 18-hole Golf Course, located 15 minute drive from the beach.
Ngwe Saung Beach
It is a newly opened beach about 48 km from Pathein. This unspoilt beach stretches 15 km of white sand and blue sea. There are newly constructed bungalows with local flavour but equipped with modern facilities. Fringed with palm trees, all hotels face the beach.
Chaung-tha Beach is located 40 km to the west of Pathein (Bassein) in Ayeyarwaddy Division. It is a very convenient drive from Yangon via Pathein taking about 5 hours. There are bungalow type hotels along the beach with modern facilities.
Kan Thaya Beach
Located 290 km from Yangon near Gwa on the Rakhine Coast, Kanthaya Beach is accessible by an 8 hour drive from Yangon over forested mountain road.