Ngwe Saung is a beach retreat 48 kilometres west of Pathein, in Ayeyarwady Region. The beach is about six hours' drive from Yangon. There is an airport at Pathein.
An unspoilt 15-kilometre white sand beach overlooked by international standard resorts has made Ngwe Saung a popular destination since its opening in 2000.
The charmingly-named Lover's Island is off one end of the beach and is accessible by foot. Other islands are accessible by boat.
Ngapali Beach is 7 kilometres from the town of Thandwe (Sandoway) in Rakhine State and boasts one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Southeast Asia: the beach lines stretches for about three kilometres around a gently curving bay.
It is Myanmar’s premier beach destination and there are many resorts, hotels and restaurants which cater to foreigners and Myanmar of all budgets.
Apart from beach activities, activities at Ngapali include excursions to nearby villages, bicycle trips and boat trips to attractive islands. There is also an 18-hole golf course nearby.
Ngapali is accessible by air to Thandwe, which takes about 45 minutes from Yangon, or by car or bus, which takes about 14 hours and includes a journey over the Rakhine Yoma (mountain range). All domestic airlines in Myanmar fly to Thandwe.
Tourism is a major source of income for people living at Ngapali and Thandwe.