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Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

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Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

There are three main beaches, all facing due West with potentially fantastic sunsets over the Bay of Bengal. The furthest North, some three miles from the airport on a dirt road is a wonderful sandy beach but very, very remote and is the setting for the Amara Ocean Resort but other hotels are planned.

Just South of the airport is the beach where Amazing Ngapali Resort is situated. Whilst the hotel gets very good reviews, TA being actively promoted to guests by the management, the reviews constantly comment on the lack of restaurants locally with some regretting they did not stay at the main beach with its wide choice of restaurants. Two other hotels are under construction near Amazing ,including a super luxury Eden Resort and no doubt other restaurants will open up soon. The beach is sandy with some rocky outcrops and there is a good view of the aircraft approaching the airport but there is no noise pollution.

Between this beach and Ngapali Beach is the golf course and Linthar village where you will find Yoma Cherry Lodge and Crescent Cove Resort but their beaches are for use of the local fishermen, not for lounging on!

The main Ngapali Beach is a three km crescent shaped beach which is sandy and gently sloping with only a few rocky outcrops-the better sand quality is in the Northern and Central part but does get a bit muddy to the South towards Pleasant View resort and Diamond Ngapali.

Starting from the North the beach is sandy and rock free in front of Silver Beach and BayView hotels. The next two hotels, Lin Thar Oo and Memento Resort have some rocky outcrops and then as the back road joins the beach there is a half built building backing onto the road which has recently been partially converted and opened as the Arakan Land Resort. There are then 8 local beach fish restaurants just before Thande Beach hotel.

The Central part of the beach is dominated by four luxury hotels either side of the Mermaid statue and they have the best rock free beach frontage. After Thande the four are the new Jade Marina Resort ,then Aureum Resort then the derelict (soon to be redeveloped) Ngapali Beach hotel opposite the mermaid and then the new Ngapali Bay Villas and finally Sandoway.

The further South you go the more the tree line shades the morning sun and the further down the beach the loungers are dragged.

After Sandoway comes Amata, the largest on the beach then the budget Laguna Lodge followed by the private area owned by a German lady who has donated a library and school to the local village.

Finally at the Southern end of Ngapali Beach is the Royal Beach Motel, then more local fish restaurants, Pleasant View Resort and beyond a creek the new Diamond Ngapali hotel. The sand quality is at is poorest at this end of the beach and there can be a strong smell of fish as this where the fishermen pull up their boats and land their early morning catch.

What makes the whole resort so attractive to many is that it is not truly commercialised and many compare it to Thailand some 30 years ago, however it is no longer a backpacker venue and all the new hotels are aimed at the top of the market. There are still rooms to be had for $50 in peak season but for the better hotels expect to pay $225-450.

Detailed reviews can be found here:-

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g612368-Ngapali_Sha…

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g612368-c3-Ngapali_…

The hotels, starting with most expensive are listed here:

Luxury -Ngapali Bay Villas, Sandoway, Aureum Resort, Amara Ocean Resort and Jade Marina.

then

Amara, Amazing, Bay View

followed by

Silver Beach, Thande, Pleasant View

then

Yoma Cherry Lodge ,Crescent Cove ad Diamond Ngapali

followed by

Lin Thar Oo and Memento.

and finally Laguna Lodge, Royal Beach and Arakan Land Resort.

(E&OE)

Do note that Myanmar is a Buddhist country where modesty prevails and, whilst bikinis are fine, thongs and topless is very much frowned upon so if you see someone topless walking along the beach-embarrass them. I have only come across this a few times -generally an Italian poseur who had no respect for local customs and should have known better.

There are beach restaurants owned by local fishermen in two designated beach areas, the souvenir stalls are limited to the gaps between the hotels and the fruit sellers are not allowed within 10m of the hotel loungers so you have to go to them to chose and pay for our fruit. A few of the beach restaurants have massage beds. You will not pestered by hawkers-the only approach you will get whilst walking the beach is from locals enquiring whether you want a boat trip or elephant ride.

There are no nightclubs, no discos, and no motorised motorsports.

Long may it continue.

SS

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1. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

The full series....

Location and how to get there.

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The beaches and where to stay

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Eating and Drinking

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What to do.

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2. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

thanks for your informative info onNgapali beach.We are going there in April and we are staying on the south side of the beach at the Pleasant View Resort.Do you think we would be better further up the beach(middle or more north)?I am thinking about what you said about each part of the beach.We do like a nice beach and I am not sure the south side would be as good.Having said that we like fishing villages and we like to cycle.Any comments?

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3. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

Personally I would stay to the North,Linthat village is only a 10 minute ride away from hotels such as Bay View and Silver Beach and there are plenty of restaurants beyond the hotels and along the beach towards Thande Beach Hotel.

Obviously pricing is important and do read the Hotel reviews

Glad I can be of help

SS

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4. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

We stayed at Pleasant View Resort last February and absolutely loved it. It's really well-run, the rooms are lovely and the service is great. I walked along the beach and looked and some of the bigger, more luxurious looking places and was so glad we hadn't picked one of them. There's a lovely outside breakfast area (incidentally, the breakfast was excellent) and you can walk to fishing village to see the catch come in early in the morning - 100% recommended. We loved it so much we're going back next month.

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5. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

We have just returned from staying at the PVR and also loved it.

The beach outside is perfect - it is only further down that the beach becomes more and more 'fishy'.

Make sure you book an ocean view room - ground floor or upper floor are both great but the garden view rooms, whilst large, are very dark and frustrating as you can't see the sea at all.

This is a lovely place, contemporary and well run. The bus which collects you from the airport is old and off-putting and gives totally the wrong impression!

We went for a meal at the huge, up- market Amara and disliked it as it could have been a deluxe hotel at any beach, anywhere.

Incidentally, the Diamond Ngapali is a more affordable new hotel nearer the fishing beach and has some ocean facing bungalows. Whilst not in a prime position, apparently the owners are very helpful and will negotiate the price.

I am considering staying there in November but their email address seems to be incorrect.

Does anyone know how to contact them?

Silverswimmer, do you know??

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6. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

These is the only ones I know from their contact list.

enquiry@diamondngapali.com

or

info@diamondngapali.com

I do know that One Stop Travel have put clients in there so maybe contact them if these do not work

Glad you loved NB

SS

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7. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

You could always try an old fashioned fax

Fax : 0095-43-42091

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8. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

I can confirm for the pleasant view which is a really good. For a more luxury stay, you should try the Sandoway.

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9. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

bump

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10. Re: Ngapali Beach- the Beaches and where to stay

Great infro SS... We LOVED the Sandoway 2 years ago so much we are returning again next February. It was simply beautiful. I highly recommend the beach villas.