Ngapali Beach in detail

Flights & getting there

Taunggok Stop Over

If you’re planning on connecting to Sittwe from Ngapali Beach by boat, you’re most likely going to have to overnight in Taunggok. A few basic guesthouses near the bus station take foreigners, charging between US$10 and US$20 for basic rooms.

Air

Thandwe airport is named for the town 4 miles inland, but is closer to Ngapali village and the north end of the beach. The hotels meet all flights and offer free transport to/from the airport.

Asian Wings, Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways serve Yangon (from US$111, 55 minutes to 2¼ hours, daily), sometimes via Sittwe (from US$72, 45 minutes, daily). There are fewer flights in the rainy season (May to October), but Myanmar National Airlines (www.flymna.com) keeps flying daily.

Boat

Taunggok, 50 miles or so north of Thandwe, is the jumping-off point for travellers catching boats to Sittwe. Carriers include Shwe Pyi Tan with departures at 6.30am on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday (US$35, 10 to 11 hours); and Malikha Travels, leaving at 6.30am on Wednesday and Saturday (US$30, 10 to 11 hours). The boats don't always run in the rainy season (May to October).

There are daily buses to Taunggok from Thandwe's bus station (K4000, three to four hours, 1pm).

Bus

There are daily air-con buses to Yangon (K15,000, 11 to 12 hours, 7am and 3pm) via Gwa, as well as a daily bus to Yangon via Pyay (K15,000, 13 hours, 1pm). For Mandalay, take the Yangon bus via Pyay and change buses in Pyay (K15,000, nine hours, 1pm). There's also a daily bus from Thandwe to Sittwe (K18,000, 18 hours, noon). Buy tickets at Aung Thit Sar in Lon Tha village, or from your hotel. The bus will pick you up from your accommodation.