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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$87 Tours & Sightseeing

Day Trip to Local Fishing Village from Ngapali Beach

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ngapali BeachThe tour starts by pick you up at your hotel around 8:30am and transfer to the jetty by a car. At 9am, the boat will depart from the jetty and head to Maung Shwe Lay Village (fishing village). About an hour ride, you will arrive at the fishing village with the professional local guide to explore and learn the lifestyle of the local fishermen. You will see the fisherman making the dry fish and preparing net to go fishing.You will return to the boat to enjoy your lunch and get some rest around noon. You have approximately an hour to swim or snorkel around the beautiful beach of Maung Shwe Lay. Expect plenty of sun, explore variety of corals and fish, crystal-clear water, and unspoiled beaches. You will then take a shower and get change before heading back to Ngapali Beach, reaching your hotel around 4pm.Duration: 8 hours

$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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