Ngapali Beach, Burma (February)

Our last stop in Burma was the lovely Ngapali Beach. Since Burma there are still not many tourists in Burma, the beach was blissfully empty. We had so much fresh seafood for so little money, it was amazing. We mostly ate at little huts on the beach next to our hotel, and occasionally we ventured to places down the road from our hotel. We had a cute hotel in one of the best spots on the beach next to a fishing village. After the catch is brought by the men (who often went out at night so you could see the lights from their boats in the distance before they got too far away), the women would lay out huge blue nets to dry the fish for a bit.

We attempted snorkeling one day, but where we were there wasn’t great visibility and there were too many waves, so we cut it short and opted for more time relaxing on the beach. Once we did manage to get up the energy to take a bike ride towards town and got to try a new restaurant. There really wasn’t too much to see except for the construction of many more hotels and resorts.

Tom relaxing at under our little umbrellas.
Tom relaxing at under our little umbrella.
A view from the other end of the beach -- this was the most crowded part Ngapali we saw, and still not that crowded.
A view from the other end of the beach — this was the most crowded part Ngapali we saw, and still not that crowded.
The path to our hotel's restaurant was underwater at high tide so you can take a boat or wade.
The path to our hotel’s restaurant was underwater at high tide so you can take a boat or wade.
I had fresh green coconut for the first time. There was a fruit lady who sold fresh fruits on the beach every day. So good. I've only had the hairy brown ones before.
I had fresh green coconut for the first time. There was a fruit lady who sold fresh fruits on the beach every day. So good.
The best part was the delicious inside of the coconut.
The best part was the delicious inside of the coconut. Way better than the hairy brown coconuts.
Giant delicious shrimps, and the places on the beach where we ate.
Giant delicious shrimp (left), and one of the places on the beach to eat (right).
People from the fishing village setting out at dusk.
People from the fishing village setting out at dusk.

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Fishing boats resting in the early morning.
Fishing boats resting in the early morning.
The Ngapali crabs are very good at rolling sand into circles. I was impressed.
The Ngapali crabs are very good at rolling sand into precise circles. I was impressed.
Welcome.
Welcome.

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A few from our room.
A few from our room.
We had a great patio on the beach.
We had a great patio on the beach.
One night we moved to a room with a balcony, another spectacular view.
One night we moved to a room with a balcony, another spectacular view.
When the tide was in it was like swimming in a pool (left).  A view from our lounge chairs (right).
When the tide was in it was like the world’s best swimming in a pool (left). A view from our lounge chairs (right).
These boats waited to take tourists out on the water.
These boats waited to take tourists out on the water.

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