Ngwe Saung, The Beach

Ngwe Saung, The Beach

Ngwe Saung, The Beach

Myanmar, the Land of Pagodas, attracts visitors from around the world, who come to behold the magnificent ancient temples.

 

However, the country’s 2832 kilometers of coastline on the Bay of Bengal to the west and the Andaman Sea to the south, are a well-kept secret, so it is rarely taken into account for a beach holiday.

Ngwe Saung beach in the Ayeyarwaddy Division is easily reached by land or waterway from Yangon, and the newly built bridges make the region more accessible than ever. By land, Pathein, the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division, is a leisurely four hour drive from Yangon. Once you reach Pathein, cross the Nga Wun River by local ferry and continue driving for one hour to Ngwe Saung beach. By waterway, the steamer runs between Yangon and Pathein. The sixteen hour journey is the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax and admire the scenery.

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The delta’s accumulation of silt creates rich, fertile soil, and lush paddy fields carpet most of the region. The maze of streams and creeks provides an excellent habitat for ducks, egrets, geese and herons.

Traveling overland, much sightseeing can be done on the way to Ngwe Saung. Two hours from Yangon, the small town of Pan Tanaw is home to the cottage industry of making reed mats. It is well worth a stop. When you reach Pathein, it is a must to visit a workshop where umbrellas are made of bamboo and cotton, then lacquered to make them waterproof. Although they are functional, they are also stunning for interior and exterior decorating.

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At the edge of the Rakhine mountain range, on the Bay of Bengal, the pristine Ngwe Saung beach and its sleepy fishing village remained a hidden paradise for centuries. The villagers could never have imagined luxury bungalows next to their rustic huts, nor dreamed of running a tourist restaurant or a souvenir shop. Likewise, tourists never suspected the existence of this unknown treasure. Although in recent years it has been transformed into a tourist destination, the feel and charm have not changed. Boutique resorts with all the modern amenities coexist in complete harmony with the natural environment.

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It is not easy to describe the beauty and serenity of Ngwe Saung beach. It is lavishly blessed with sunshine, gentle breeze, swaying coconut palms and silvery sand banks against a mountain backdrop. Crystal blue sea and sky compete in their beauty, then seem to become one. White crested waves ebb and flow, as if greeting visitors and inviting them to dive right in. Swallows circle in search of prey, while sparrows chirp and twitter. Red crabs scurry, and hermit crabs burrow in the sand, leaving evidence in their tracks.

When the sun sets, the fishermen set off in canoes, returning just after dawn with the night’s catch of red snapper, garfish, sea perch, striped perch, pomfret and sea bass. What vibrant colors and varied patterns: yellow, orange, red, blue, silver, spotted & striped! On a good day a fishermen catches ten to twenty kilograms. Like clockwork, a procession of fishermen’s wives appear with baskets balanced on their heads to carry the fish to the village.

Another interesting fishing method is employed in the morning, around seven o’clock. The fishermen keep a close watch on the surface of the sea, until they spot a school of fish passing near the shore, then row into the water and drop a huge net. They work in teams of twelve to fifteen, some giving instruction, some pulling the net, and some beating a drum to lure the fish into the net. The work is exhausting but rewarding. Heaps of shiny silver “brown meager” fish are sold on the spot, to be transformed into fish paste and fish sauce.

 

From late morning to mid-afternoon the beach lies totally silent. The fishermen are asleep. The children are in school. The women take a well-deserved rest from housework. There is not a soul in sight, and you have the beach all to yourself. This is the best time for a swim in the balmy sea and a frolic in the surf, just before a delectable fresh seafood lunch and a cold beer at one of the friendly, unpretentious local restaurants.

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There are, however, potential negative impacts to the development if it is not managed in a sustainable way. If villagers become reliant on tourism, they could abandon their traditional ways of fishing. Moreover, exposing them to a different way of life could lead to erosion of their culture, particularly from younger members of the community. If they begin to replicate the cultures of the tourists, they will move away from the customs and traditions of their own culture. Destruction of natural habitat for Ngwe Saung’s beloved creatures is another concern, to say nothing about the blight of plastic water bottles and other forms of pollution. Visitors and hoteliers alike have a huge responsibility. When you visit Ngwe Saung beach resort, please do so in a sensitive and mindful way.

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Dusk falls on Ngwe Saung with the gentleness of a calm whisper, casting a golden glow on the sand, sea, even the coconut palms. Fishing boats rock silently near the shore, while faraway islands are silhouetted against the persimmon sky. Shells and rocks form geometric patterns on the beach. An unparalleled beauty gradually unfolds as dusk turns into indigo-tinted nightfall, and the sky reveals itself in a million twinkling stars, shimmering and dreamlike, mesmerizing and surreal.

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The all-embracing serenity reminds me how everyday cares fade away in the presence of nature’s gifts.

 

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293 thoughts on “Ngwe Saung, The Beach

  1. Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

  2. I went there more than other beaches coz it is not so far from my place. yeah, the water is crystal clear but not shallow. Be careful if you like to swim alone and at prohibited area. I remember that walked along the shore with bare feet on the white sand and see Sunrise and feel breeze. when i recalled that memories i heard the song of sea waves as well. In Evening, riding bicycle with relatives alongside of the shore is so much fun. And we like to explore at Lover Island but careful snakes are there. there is interesting path connect between beach and Island (some ppl may called is Natt Lane). you can only walk when low tide. (I may be wrong coz I just discover when i reach there and I’m not native). All foods are fresh and yummy. worth to try Every things. Hopefully I can go there very soon once our Victory is come.

  3. Oh! Ngwe Saung beach, I was very happy when I visited. One day I want to watch the sunset with my loved one

  4. Ngwesaung have silvery sand and modern amenities a popular destination for less budget conscious tourists from Lower Myanmar.

    1. ချိုသာတဲ့ညိုပြာ မဂ်လာပါ
      ကလစ်တိုင်းအမြတွေ့နေလို့ပါ😁

  5. Ngwe Saung is calling and I must go alone. Life is a beach and I am just playing in the sand and let the waves hit my feet. Stress free, beach happy.

  6. I have never been to Ngwe Saung beach before. I’ve heard that it’s so beautiful and good place to visit from others.

  7. Regardless living in Ayeyarwaddy region, I’ve been to Ngwe Saung beach only once. It’s is an awesome place to visit for summer vacation.

  8. I have been there like 3 or 4 times. One of my favorite places in this country. Highly recommend to go visit there if u love beach!!

  9. I have been there two times.Ngawesaung beach is very pleasant with white sands and clear sea without rubbishes.I loe it.

  10. I want to travel couple island or lovers island(Chit Thu Myar island in Burmese name.)next time coz I didn’t reach this island when I go to Ngwe Saung.

  11. Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge.

  12. Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. Wanna to go there every year

  13. Fishing boats rock silently near the shore, while faraway islands are silhouetted against the persimmon sky

  14. Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  15. ကိုယ်နဲ့ မဆိုင်သလိုနေရင်တော့ ကိုယ်နဲ့ဆိုင်တဲ့နေ့ရောက်လာရင် ဒုက္ခကောင်းကောင်းကြီး ​ေရာက်လိမ့်မယ်

  16. 02/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  17. 07/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  18. 08/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  19. 09/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  20. 10/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  21. 14/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  22. 15/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  23. ငွေဆောင်မှာ မောင်နဲ့အတူတူ ရေကူးချင်တယ်

  24. 21/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  25. 22/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  26. 25/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  27. Wow! Beautiful Ngwe Saung, white sand, crystal clear water and long beach….
    Now the weather is so hot and time to chill at beach. But…..it is just a dream for me now.

  28. When peace comes, we will travel with peace of mind. Do not give up your dream. One day happe travel we will be able to go my family🤍

  29. 29/03/2022

    Ngwe Saung Beach is a resort on the southwest coast of Myanmar. With crystal clear blue waters, soft white sand beaches, sliced ​​coconut groves, and delicious seafood, it will satisfy your dreams of the beach, clean, quiet and laid back. Let you put down all the anxiety, irritability, and single-mindedly into the slow life.

    Thanks for Sharing Knowledge. I like Ngwe Saung beach 🏖. Wanna to go there every year.

  30. Heart-breaking stories behind the attractions of Ngwe Saung beach are ignored by people all the time. Every footstep on the beach is cutting the hearts of native villagers whose properties were confiscated by military junta of those days.

    1. that what military junta and partners elites do. not only in Ngwe Saung all around in Myanmar.

  31. Patiently waiting for the day to chill at Ngwe Saung after all the darkness over.

  32. I still remember the day that I try to walk in the white sand with bare foot. But chose wrong time. At noon I’m lazy to sit so try to reach toward the water. Luckly my food didn’t become like BBQ.LOL
    When i’m lazy, I’m crazy may b.

  33. Myanmar is a wonderful country, attracting every year more and more tourists indeed.

  34. My personal feeling,
    The best time to visit there is End of May and June.. Not crowded, not so hot…

    1. Lying on d sand, facing the sky and feel the touch of small rain drop, listen the sound of sea then running toward the waves….
      That so many things to do at beach in rainy day.

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