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Introducing Ngwe Saung Beach

Forgive us for thinking that Ngwe Saung Beach may have begun to show symptoms of bipolar disorder. These days the northern end of the beach has the air of a weekend getaway destination for nouveau riche Yangonites, and is home to an uninterrupted chain of walled, upscale resorts. At the southern end a palpable abandoned aura – not unlike that of Kep in Cambodia – pervades, and this is where you’ll find foreign backpackers and budget bungalows. The factor linking these two disparate places is an attractive 13-mile string of sand and palms that, although it won’t rate as one of the region’s best beaches, has finer sand and clearer and deeper water than nearby Chaung Tha Beach.

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