The premier beach destination in Myanmar, it’s one heck of a ride for those planning on travelling overland. Given its name, some say, by a homesick Italian, Ngapali boasts 3km of palm-fringed sands on the beautiful Bay of Bengal. The turquoise waters deliver a bounty from the sea and this town serves up some of the country’s best food. It has moved steadily upmarket in recent years, so there are slim pickings for budget travellers. It is only really worth the trip for those planning to continue on to Sittwe and the temples of Mrauk U (Myohaung).
(Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock), Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach)
As you climb to the top of the illuminated Shewdagon pagoda by night, all of Yangon is laid out before you and you are all at once overwhelmed by the magic of this mystical city.
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