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With its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand, the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, and a host of sophisticated accommodation, Ngapali – supposedly named years ago by a homesick Italian reminiscing about Napoli – has a justified reputation as Myanmar's premier beach getaway.

But for all the swish resorts, Ngapali maintains a laid-back fishing village vibe, as evidenced by the small boats that head out nightly to catch the bounty that is served up to visitors just hours later. The locals remain smiley, and despite the increasing number of hotels, the 15 miles of coast here means there's still a lot of space on the beach.

Best time to visit

We suggest visiting Ngapali Beach between October and May. During these months, the sky is blue and the temperatures are warm. During the rainy season (June to September), most of the hotels shut down and flights to the region dwindle to a mere trickle, making visiting nearly impossible.

Generally, there are three seasons on Ngapali Beach in Myanmar: dry season, hot season and rainy season:

Dry season (October to March)

In the dry season, the weather on Ngapali Beach is amazing.

Peak season is from mid-December to beginning of January and with a second peak during the Chinese New Year.
If you’re planning your vacation during these months it’s recommended to book in advance due to the limited availability of the hotels and taking into consideration that the period is in big demand from the local travels & expats in Myanmar.

Ngapali is not too  developed with limited accommodation, and the best hotels, bungalows and villas might be fully booked.

Hot season (April to May)

In the hot season, you can expect hot daytime sunshine followed by cooling afternoon rain showers.

Because of the Myanmar New Year holidays (mid-April), April is a popular month to visit Ngapali Beach and very crowded with the locals and sometimes can be a bit noisy; taking into consideration this aspect we don’t recommend going to Ngapali during the Water Festival in Myanmar.

But May is the a great month to visit Ngapali; as it’s considered a low month in terms of tourist visiting Myanmar, prices are at their lowest and not too many tourists which make is almost a perfect month to visit Ngapali: very hot outside and close to the beach & cocktail and a lot of swimming all day long!

Rainy season (June to September)

It rains quite a lot from June to September with July and August being the rainiest months.

Most of the high end hotels are closed for the renovation; only a few hotels in Ngapali are open during those months. Sometimes  the rain & wind is so strong and waves are more than 5 meters in high!

But in the same time you will also have many hours of dry and sunny weather even if it’s rainy season.

As always, there are pros and cons to visiting Ngapali Beach in Myanmar during the rainy season

It’s much less crowded and you can be lucky to find great deals on accommodation.

If you like the rain on the beach then it’s a good option for you to come to Ngapali during the monsoon season in Myanmar. But take into consideration that flights are available only from Yangon and not so many airlines do fly to Ngapali in the rainy season.

Check the below table for the general idea of Ngapali Beach weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.4 24.3 15.7
Feb 32.9 25.5 15.8
Mar 34.1 27.8 19.7
Apr 35.5 30.4 24.1
May 34.5 30.1 25.6
Jun 31.2 27.9 25.3
Jul 30.6 27.3 24.5
Aug 30.7 27.6 24.7
Sep 31.8 28.1 24.5
Oct 33.5 29.1 24.3
Nov 33.7 28.4 21.9
Dec 31.8 25.7 17.9

Ngapali Beach’s current weather and 7-day forecast

Ngapali Beach WEATHER

If you are looking for some beach time in Myanmar then look no further than Ngapali Beach. This is one of the few beach destinations open to foreigners in Myanmar, and as such is the best place to come to take in the azure seas which look out to the Bay of Bengal.

You can of course spend time here relaxing on the sand and topping up your tan, but if you prefer you will also find a huge range of other things to do in Ngapali Beach including trekking and sightseeing.

If you want to explore the culture in this part of Myanmar then you also won’t be disappointed as you take in colorful temples, throbbing markets and dainty monasteries scattered all over the surrounding countryside.

Here are the best things to do in Ngapali Beach:

1. Go bird watching

Bird watchers well catered for in Ngapali Beach as this is an excellent spot in Myanmar if you want to check out a range of local birds as well as other avians that migrate to the area.

The best place to see the birds is at the Hget Pyaw Chaung Lake and here you can expect to find as many as 30 different species.

The best time to come to the lake is in the morning of evening as this is when most of the species come to the water to drink and bathe.

2. Take a boat trip along the Thandwe River

The main waterway through Ngapali Beach is the serene Thandwe River and there is no better way to check it out than by taking a scenic boat trip upriver.

There are a number of operators who will take you for a ride and you can check out the lush vegetation growing along the banks as well as watch the locals as they go about their daily lives in this part of Ngapali Beach.

If you are feeling active then there is also the chance to hire a kayak and go kayaking along the idyllic river.

3. Visit Zalun Monastery

One of the best known attractions in Ngapali Beach is the Zalun Monastery which is famous as it still contains the mummified body of a Buddhist monk.

The monk died in 1984 after a prolonged period of meditation and his body has been housed in the monastery ever since.

The remains of the monk are located in a glass case and you can visit the monk as well as tour the rest of the monastery and admire the traditional Burmese architecture on show.

Just getting to the monastery is also an experience as you get to travel past gorgeous jade paddy fields as well as take in quaint Rakhine villages.

4. Kinmaw Village Clay Pottery

The delightful Kinmaw Village is located on the outskirts of Ngapali Beach and this is the ideal place to come if you want to find out all about traditional arts and crafts in Myanmar.

The village has made a name for itself thanks to its clay pottery, particularly its pots, bowls and drinking vessels.

When you visit the village you can watch the artisans here at work and also buy some of the pieces which make perfect gifts or souvenirs.

The funds from any pieces that you buy are also put back into the local community to help support further local projects.

5. Shop at Thandwe Market

When you visit Ngapali Beach, you may want to get out of the center of town and head to Thandwe which is four miles outside of Ngapali Beach proper.

This is one of the prettiest towns in the area and if you come here in the morning then you can check out the local market when it is in full swing.

Some of the highlights of the market include locals selling fruits and vegetables as well as mounds of dried snacks and textiles.

This is also a good spot to pick up some local street food snacks and you will find a number of stalls selling delicious simple breakfast dishes such as bowls of bubbling noodles.

Also of note in the village is a longyi-weaving factory which is the place to learn how traditional Burmese sarongs are made.

6. Explore Nandaw and Sandaw Pagodas

The charmingly named Nandaw and Sandaw pagodas are located on hills on the outskirts of Thandwe village and actually consist of three pretty golden pagodas.

The pagodas are known as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhist worshippers in the region and are scattered across several hills around Thandwe.

The tallest pagoda is called Nandaw Paya and this is also the most famous as it is said to be the home of a section of one of the ribs of the Buddha.

7. Climb Amata Mountain

One of the most important Buddhist sites in Ngapali Beach is Amata Mountain which is located on the outskirts of Jade Taw Fishing Village.

The mountain is known in the area for its large and dominating state of a Standing Buddha and you can also take in scenic views here over the rest of Rakhine State.

The best time to come to the mountain is around sunset as this is when the Buddha and the vistas across the countryside are at their prettiest and the sun sets directly over the limpid ocean.

Also of note at Amata Mountain is the meditation center that you can visit if you want to drink in the serene atmosphere a little more and learn about the Buddhist faith in Myanmar.

8. Take a hot air balloon ride

If you want to take in Ngapali Beach from the vantage point of the air then you need to head for a hot air balloon ride.

This is a fairly new addition to the sightseeing scene in the area, but companies such as Oriental Ballooning offer you the chance to hop in a basket and then soar into the sky and check out the sun, sea and sand for which Ngapali Beach is so famous.

Definitely if you have a head for heights, then this is not to be missed when you are in town.

9. Walk around Jade Taw Fishing Village

Just outside of Ngapali Beach is Jade Taw fishing Village which is a beautiful example of a traditional Rakhine village.

People come here to see the local fishermen at work who supply Ngapali Beach with fresh fish and seafood.

If you want to see them when they are unloading the catch of the day, then you will need to get here as early as possible in the morning.

On a visit here also make sure to walk through the village where you will see small fish which are spread out on straw mats and left to dry in the fierce sun before being made into local snacks.

10. Take a boat tour

Ngapali Beach is located on the coast and looks out over the Bay of Bengal.

Just offshore, you will find a huge number of idyllic tropical islands and one of the best ways to see these is to take a boat tour and spend the day island hopping around.

Many of the boat trips here also offer you the chance to do some fishing at the same time and local guides will even arrange for your catch to be cooked at a restaurant or cafe back in Ngapali Beach for dinner.

11. Go snorkeling

Ngapali Beach is still not a well known tourist area in Myanmar, or in Southeast Asia.

With that in mind, the seas here are clear and unpolluted so this is the perfect place to get under the water and check out the tropical marine life.

The best way to do this is to arrange a snorkeling trip and the waters around Pearl Island are widely said to be some of the prettiest in the area.

You can take a boat out to the island and anchor a little way off shore and then spend the rest of the day snorkeling or scuba diving which will let you take in a plethora of colorful species of fish and even the odd turtle.

12. Play a round of golf

You may not expect to find a golfing green in Ngapali Beach but there is actually a nine-hole course here if you fancy squeezing in a game.

One of the best things about the green is that it is located next to the ocean and this means that you can enjoy the beautiful vistas over the water as you play.

If possible try to come in the morning when the course looks at its best and the temperatures are cooler.

The course is conveniently located between the main airport in Ngapali Beach and the central beach which means that it is easy to fit in a game almost as soon as you arrive in town.

13. Rent a bicycle

Almost all the main hotels and guesthouses in Ngapali Beach have bicycles for rent, so with that in mind you will never be too far away from a set of wheels.

This is one of the best places in the country to go for a ride, as much of the terrain here is flat and you can take the road which wraps around the coastline and lets you enjoy beachfront vistas at the same time.

This is also one of the best and cheapest ways to get out and explore the villages that surround Ngapali Beach.

If possible however try to set out as early as you can in the morning as the temperatures in the afternoon can get seriously hot.

14. Enjoy the seafood

Ngapali Beach, as the name suggests, is located next to the sea, so it stands to reason that most restaurant menus features seafood.

This part of Myanmar is known for its delicious fish but the delicacies don’t stop there.

Also on the menu you will find delights such as crab, squid and even lobster, and many eateries in Ngapali Beach offer you the chance to indulge in a seafood buffet at night.

Most of the food is simply grilled and served with rice and a number of side dishes.

15. Sleep on the beach

Many visitors to Ngapali Beach may not know that there are a number of beachfront villas here.

These are located right on the sand and open directly onto the beach.

This means that you can plan your stay so that you wake up to stunning vistas over the ocean and you can dine in front of your villa with your feet in the sand for a truly magical and memorable experience.

Some villas are even located in their own private coves which you will need to take a boat to but which are perfect for anyone looking for a secluded and romantic beach holiday.

Luxury Hotels 

Amara Ocean Resort

Located right on the beach, Amara Ocean Resort is a luxurious five-star resort that’s ideal for visitors that want to enjoy the sun and sand. Rustic decorations and fantastic views over the ocean make the beachfront bungalows a wonderful place to relax.

Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa is an upmarket villa resort located near Thandwe Airport and right beside the beach. The villas range from comfortable and cosy twins to spacious villas with private swimming pools.

Hilton Ngapali Resort & Spa

Opulent and palatial, the Hilton Ngapali Resort & Spa offers a selection of luxurious, modern rooms and villas with views over the Bay of Bengal. The hotel’s huge outdoor pool is a great place to relax and watch the sun set over the beach.

Bayview – The Beach Resort

Located close to Ngapali Golf Course, Bayview – The Beach Resort is a comfortable four-star resort that’s just a few steps away from Ngapali Beach. Beautiful beachfront rooms and a big outdoor pool make this a romantic, relaxing place to stay.

Mid Range Hotels

Yoma Cherry Lodge

Clean and comfortable rooms, great views over the beach and free Wi-Fi make Yoma Cherry Lodge a pleasant place to stay on Ngapali Beach. This three-star hotel is steps away from the beachfront, making it a convenient hotel choice for anyone seeking sun.

Pleasant View Resort

Pleasant View Resort is a rustic, comfortable bungalow resort located towards the southern end of Ngapali Beach. Many of the resort’s bungalows open right out onto the beach, giving guests immediate access to the sand.

Diamond Hotel

Located at the southern end of the beach, Diamond Hotel offers a good selection of clean and comfortable bungalows and villas. The hotel’s swimming pool and restaurant both offer great views over the beach and of the sunset.

Budget Hotels 

While Ngapali used to be a backpacker’s paradise with a great selection of cheap rooms, the area’s budget accommodation options are limited today. Most hotels start from $75 per night, making mid range hotels better value for money than the few available budget options.

Large-scale demolitions took place during the 1990s to make way for the numerous high-end hotels that now line the beach. 

Rivertop Lodge

Rivertop Lodge which is a short distance from the beach, has some of the cheapest rooms in the region, with bungalows priced from $65 per night.

Ngapali Kitchen

Ngapali Beach is famous for its fresh seafood, and Ngapali Kitchen is one of the best places in the area to sample fresh fish, high quality curry and other local specials.

Golden Rose

Another seafood restaurant, Golden Rose is located on Ngapali Road a short distance from the beach and most of the area’s hotels. A great selection of seafood dishes are available at reasonable prices.

Silver Full Seafood Restaurant

Located right on the beach and owned by a local fisherman, Silver Full offers high quality fresh seafood caught daily by the restaurant’s staff.

View Point

Another beachside restaurant, View Point offers — as its name would suggest — great views of the Bay of Bengal. Drop by before sunset to enjoy a great meal on the beach and an excellent view over the ocean.

Maison de Mer

Squid, shrimp, fresh fish and tasty curries make Maison de Mer another fantastic choice for dining on the beach. In addition to its seafood menu, Maison de Mer serves a good choice of local beers and cocktails.

Shore at Hilton Ngapali Resort

Located inside the Hilton Ngapali Resort, Shore offers tasty cocktails and excellent views over the beach in a luxurious environment.

How to get to Ngapali Beach

Getting to Ngapali is easier and there are many means of transportation available.

By Bus

The hard core option is by bus. There are no VIP buses are JJ or other excellent buses which can make the trip to Ngapali Beach. There are normal and clean buses but the road it would be an adventure. Buses can take you to Ngapali from Yangon and can take up to 16 hours. The other option is to get in and from Ngapali to Bagan by bus. Time riders 12 hours and both are evening buses. Roads are not upgraded in years and after the rainy season in Myanmar they do get worse for a few month till they get some repairs.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

By Private Car

This option is mainly used if you travel from Yangon. Still can take up to 10-12 hours to arrive to Ngapali but it’s a bit more comfortable compared to the bus. Plus if you are traveling part of a group the price can be lower as well plus it’s more fun and can be a nice road trip in Myanmar!

By Flight

Even if it is the most expensive option to travel to Ngapali it is the most used one for the tourists due to the time and comfort to use the flight to Ngapali.  

There are daily flights from Yangon to Ngapali (mostly in the morning and early afternoon) and flights back from Ngapali to Yangon (mostly in the late afternoon). 

You can reach Ngapali by flight from Inle Lake as well – but only in one way (from Heho to Ngapali only). If you want to return to Inle you must to it via Yangon.

From Bagan to Ngapali there are no direct flight but only with a stop in Inle Lake. There is only one flight per day with limited seats (70 seats) and seats do get sold fast in the peak season.

The other town where you can reach Ngapali is Mandalay; good thing is that the flight is round trip (Mandalay-Ngapali – Mandalay).

Most of the above flights are being operated by Air Kbz, one of the most trustful airline in Myanmar.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

Get around

Unfortunately, Ngapali is very undeveloped and public transportation is close to 0.  

Almost everyone has their own motorbike or car.

It’s possible to rent either a bike or a TukTuk with less than 5$ a day.

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