ABOUT MYANMAR RUMOURS AND UNSPOILT
I remember "those" days in Myanmar when we tried to escape the water festival in Yangon
and have had some kind of "decent" beach holiday. We always
had to plan far in advance and at most times the only "acceptable"
government hotel was fully booked and we finally ended up in a local
guesthouse, which was in fact a hut...
Anyhow, the white beach was
unspoiled, the water crystal-clear - at least we
could enjoy the days!
So we tried the new hotels in Ngapali Beach and were so thrilled about the accommodation that
we thought: "That's it - we will not have to
send our clients always to Thailand for a beach
We had marvelous days at the Sandoway Resort thanks to Alberto's excellent taste in
decorating the bungalows which are nestled in tropical gardens on
prime beach frontage.
His creation of tiger, monkey and elephant seats
gives the hotel a final touch - and not to forget the Italian cuisine,
which can't be better in Italy itself!
In case you miss the swimming pool and other activities, there is also the Bayview Hotel
offering all modern facilities and clean, neat and tidy rooms with
airconditioning and also excursions to interesting places in Rakhine State for the ones who don't want only to relax.
Two years ago we also visited a new beach resort at Ngwe Saung where
18 companies started to develop hotels, although a lot of people
warned us from traveling to this area because of the bad road
conditions, the rocky beach and, last not least, because of the water
It seemed that all the people we met and talked with knew it all, although they never had been there...
One of the German expats who was involved in the design of a
beach resort hotel on exactly that beach (!) got really nervous, also
reflecting that she had been swimming in those "poisonous waters".
But for her husband, she was still
the only proof he had got: She was still alive and
thus no water snakes...
To calm her down, we contacted the Institute of
Toxicology via the internet and received the information that
there never have been any water snakes in this
part of the Bay of Bengal.
That was the "GO!" for our friends and us! One early morning we left in a convoy of
Jeeps to Chaungtha, a beach resort where thousands of locals spend
their holidays during the hot summers. After after 2 1/2 hours the
road gradually deteriorated, as it was still under construction - at
some times we could not even see 2 meters ahead, our cars surrounded
by dark clouds of dust.
But suddenly we came out of the dust
and were awarded with a magnificent view: The crystal-clear blue sea with the waves we so often
missed at Ngapali Beach and the white, white sand...
Despite several warnings that two locals were
killed by water snakes (!) recently, we took the
"risk" - and survived!
For travellers who do not
mind a journey of 5 1/2 hours' car ride (from Yangon
to Ngapali including transfer times, check-in/check-out you will reach
your beach destination in about 4 1/2 hours' time!), it's well
worthwhile to enjoy one of the last unspoiled beaches in this world -
not to mention the superb accommodation with all the amenities of a
YES, finally we can
include Ngwe Saung to our travel destinations without being scared
that the resort we first tried to use cancelled ithout prior notice our confirmed bookings with the reasons of either
"renovation" (they just completed their construction (?))...or as according to
"rumours" some of the hotel staff employed had hepathitis - considering that there is a Western management...
Oh, before we forget - and this is not a rumour: The Delta Queen is
offering cruises from Yangon to Ngwe Saung. The initial idea was to
"facilitate the hell of a drive" from Yangon to Pathein...
Meanwhile travellers may take into consideration if they either prefer
a) chose this river boat, dept. 15.00 hrs - arrival next morning 9.00 hours in Pathein and continue
for another 2 hours to Ngwe Saung. You can stay in one of the 12
comfortable aircon cabins WITH share shower (meaning 1 shower/toilet
for ladies and 1 shower/toilet for men). One way in twin sharing room
US$ 120 per person;
at the new resort
b) just take the faster and less pricey solution and rent a car to Ngwe Saung - you even have
a short ferry ride and the chance to visit some villages along the way
and enjoy the green delta - Myanmar's Rice Bowl.
For more information on the new beach resorts please