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Ngwe Saung Beach – A Popular Beach Among Tourists Visiting Myanmar

Ngwe Saung Beach – A Popular Beach Among Tourists Visiting Myanmar

Ngwe Saung is a popular beach among tourists visiting Myanmar. It is situated to the west of Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal. ‘Ngwe’ means silver, which explains perfectly the silvery sand on the beach here.

One of the main tourist attractions at Ngwe Saung is the Rakhine Mountain Range. Most visitors trek up the range and into the forests to experience the natural beauty of the spot.

The village of Ayeyarwady is located at Ngwe Saung. Other than that there are a number of resorts, restaurants and hotels here catering to tourists all year around. The endless and quiet white sand beach, the lover’s island, there is an ‘elephant camp’ in between Ngwe Saung and Pathein.


Don’t expect to find bars and pounding discos here. The beach here is for those who like the quiet and peace of the surrounding nature. Hire a bicycle or rent a car to go around the area, book yourself into a spa at the hotels or simply relax on the beach. One can indulge in some music and dance at the lounge like venue at the Bay of Bengal hotel.


During the day you can walk to the the small island towards the southern end of Ngwe Saung beach, which is accessible by foot when the tide is out. It offers panoramic views of the beach and out to sea from its summit and snorkelling opportunities amongst the coral and brightly coloured fish that can be found in the waters that surround it.

You can also hire a boat (with guide) to some of islands that lie a few kilometres offshore, where you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

As a general guide, Ngwe Saung is less exclusive than Ngapali Beach but is significantly closer to Yangon and offers a wider choice of mid-range accommodation.

Ngwe Saung Beach in Myanmar


You can take a bus from Pathein or Yangon. The roads are better now , so for the about 260km from Yangon it will take about 5 hours, depending what bus you take. There are morning buses (i.e. 6:30am and 7:30am depending on demand, 9000 kyat) and night buses that depart from the western Yangon bus terminal (Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal) which is 45 minutes by car taxi from the city centre.

There is a bus service (4000 kyat) departing Pathein for Ngwe Saung at 2:00pm again depending on demand, if you miss that hire a moto taxi or jump in a jumbo for 5000 kyat or less (bargain hard!).

You can also go by boat from Yangon to Pathein.

Hiring a car is only worth it if you have missed the morning bus and do not want to ride by night. The difference in time is not big. It will cost around 120$. If you’re travelling from Pathein, you can also catch a minivan. It departs from the bus station near Shwezigon Pagoda, the same bus station the local bus leaves from. It’s a dark green Toyota Minivan with ‘Beach Express’ written in red writing on the front and sides. It leaves at 9am and 1pm and charges 3600 Kyat.

As at 16 August, 2013 there is no longer a requirement to remit a copy of your visa and passport prior at a military check point on the way to Ngwe Saung.

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