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Introducing Ngapali Beach

‘Getting away from it all’ isn't exactly why most people come to Myanmar, but if the need strikes, Ngapali’s idyllic palm-lined beach is the place to do it. With its pristine white sands, the clear blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, and a host of sophisticated accommodation, Ngapali – some say named by a wayward Italian reminiscing about Napoli years ago – has a justified reputation as the country’s premier beach getaway.

But this is Myanmar, and despite the jet-setters and accolades, Ngapali continues to maintain a charming fishing-village vibe, as evidenced by the small boats heading out day and night to catch a bounty that is later served up superfresh in restaurants and hotels. Ox-drawn carts amble along the beach as locals find the sand-ways a smoother ride than the rough one-lane road. And although Ngapali is currently experiencing something of a construction boom, fewer than two dozen bungalow-style resorts spread across more than 15 miles of coast means that there's still a lot of space on the beach.

Peak season is from November to March. Yet even at the height of the season, Ngapali is a snoozy, early-to-bed place. Things are almost comatose during the rainy season (June to October) when flights dip to once a week and most hotels either shut up shop or keep open only a handful of rooms.