Welcome to Western Myanmar

Those travellers who make it to Rakhine State tend to confine themselves to the pristine sand and turquoise waters of Myanmar's premier beach destination: Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal. Far fewer venture further north to the old Rakhine capital of Mrauk U, an amazing archaeological site studded with hundreds of temples, and the current capital, scrappy Sittwe.

But if you really want to get off the grid, then head to largely unknown and undeveloped Chin State, where breathtaking mountains, forests and traditional villages await. The south of Chin is already seeing a tentative increase in visitors, drawn by treks to and around Mt Victoria. But the perhaps more stunning hills in the north of the state – close to Myanmar's border with India – still see only a handful of foreigners a year.

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$84 Tours & Sightseeing

Day Trip to Local Fishing Village from Ngapali Beach

Begin with pickup at your Ngapali Beach hotel at 8:30am, then travel to the jetty to meet a boat and guide for the day. Enjoy views of the waterfront on the 1-hour boat trip to Maung Shwe Lay, a small fishing community of roughly 2,500 people. Explore the small village on a guided walking tour: learn about daily life and culture, watch the fisherman stretching out fish to dry in the hot sun, and see them prepare the delicate nets they use for fishing. At mid-day, return to the boat for lunch, then take an hour of free time to swim and snorkel off Maung Shwe Lay’s pretty beach. Soak up the sun, spot bright corals and tropical fish offshore, or simply relax in the sand. You’ll have a chance to shower and change before boarding the boat for the return trip to Ngapali Beach, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

$53 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sunset Cruise in Ngapali

Our English speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel around 3:30pm and head to Lone Thar Jetty. You will embark on our boat and depart to Pearl Island and enjoy a beautiful views of the Andaman Sea.Upon arrival at Pearl Island, you can go snorkeling, kayaking or swimming in the clear blue water. A snorkeling gear is provided. Later, you can relax or simply laze around in the shade of palm trees on the sandy white beach.Relax and enjoy some snacks on our boat while seeing the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Our guide will transfer you back to your hotel after a wonderful evening cruise at amazing Ngapali.

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