There is no better place than the beach to end your holidays in Myanmar and especially at famous Ngapali Beach. The beach lined up with coconut trees offers a perfect retreat to relax for few days after visiting the more cultural place form the North of Myanmar. Ngapali has beautiful turquoise waters by white sand beach and a large range of charming resorts; Despite Ngapali has become more popular from the last few years, the place still remain very authentic with fishermen villages and ox carts still used by the local farmers to pass by along the beach.
To relax and enjoy the beautiful environment of the beach would be the main reason to come to Ngapali. But less known are also some excursions to do by boat to discover the close surroundings around Ngapali. To access by boat to some unspoiled little beaches would be one of the possible excursions.
A more authentic trip would be to discover the Thandwe River accessible from the sea and to observe the landscapes and the farmer activities at some miles only from the beach. The whole excursions take almost five hours. The boat can comes to pick-up up directly from the beach at your hotel depending where it is located. You can enjoy the first part of the trip sailing along the coast looking at the fishermen villages, and passing by some islands among one the famous and biggest one called Pearl Island. You will sail for almost 45 minutes to one hour until you reach the entrance of Thandwe River and access by a large channel;
After few miles, the channel becomes suddenly narrower making many curves and you can better observe the flora with specially the mangroves and to look at some species of birds. After sailing for 45 minutes to one hour, you have a stop to continue by foot for a gentle walking along the countryside until to reach the village of Zalun. Despite the area is very close to the sea border, the activities here are totally dedicated to agriculture. You will pass by paddy fields, cashew nuts fields, banana plantations until you reach the village by narrow but accessible paths where you can observe the traditional village houses along the main village path lined up by big trees as well as the monastery. You will then come back by the same paths contemplating at the scenery until your reach the boat to sail upstream till the sea where you can enjoy one more time the wild environment along the river; After sailing along the coast till Ngapali beach, a couple place to relax is the Pleasant View Restaurant located on the rock at the beach side and only accessible during the low tide, a perfect place to end up the excursion and enjoy the breeze from the sea.
It is more recommended to make the trip in the morning starting around 7H30 to 8H00. There is usually less wind in the morning and the sea more calm, this excursion is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the hilly sceneries along the coast and to discover both of the fishing activities and traditional life at the sea border but also inland life more dedicated to farmer activities.