I LOVE beach holidays! And I’m not talking about laying around on the beach for a week, but to get out and explore the area, take part in fun water activities and excursions, mingle with the locals. Being near the water heals my soul and brings me back to a state of balance.
We flew from Bagan on Air KBZ to Thandwe airport, the flight makes a quick stop at the Heho airport. Departing Bagan at 10am and arriving Thandwe at noon we were greeted by a hotel staff member who escorted us to the bus to our resort. The beaches are lined with resorts in all sizes and comfort levels, restaurants offering scrumptious and affordable seafood, local Burmese food, Chinese, Indian and Thai food, there’s even a great pizza shop.
Just a 15 minute drive and we had reached our resort, the Amata Resort and Spa Ngapali Beach. Check-in went quickly and we arrived at our Deluxe room within minutes. We were on the top level which I really enjoyed having the higher balcony and the view – it was as though we were in a treehouse. We dropped our bags and headed off to check out the beach!
With a balance of enjoying the beach and exploring Thandwe, we seized the opportunity to see what the area had to offer. If you are looking for things to do…here’s a few ideas….
Rent kayaks from the resort – or if your resort does not offer kayak rentals then you can rent kayaks near the restaurants on the beach, close to the Thandwe Beach Hotel. Kayak to Pearl Island which is a short paddle ride away. Once you arrive at Pearl Island enjoy the popular drink from a coconut – they also have a few nibbles & bites on their menu (prices did seem a bit high compared to the main beach restaurants).
Massage along the beach – we went for our massages at sunset, it was lovely.! There’s a few locations to pick from on the beach between the Thandwe Beach Hotel and The Green Umbrella beach restaurant.
Giant Standing Buddha – is definitely worth a visit. It overlooks the bay and has great views. Hire an e-bike and make your way to the site.
Beach Restaurants – Enjoy lunch or dinner at the many beach restaurants. I think we must have had shrimp every meal! The Green Umbrella had nice food and great prices and the views aren’t too bad either 😉
Shopping along the beach and main street – Ngapali is known for products made of teak and also for pearls. We found the best pearls at Win Pearl & Souvenir Shop, near the Amata resort and also picked up several pieces from the ladies along the beach selling goods made from teak.
Two Brothers Restaurant – is a popular hot spot so booking a reservation isn’t a bad idea. We found it was the busiest between 6-9pm. It’s located across from the Amata Resort. I highly recommend dinner here – at least one night (we ate here three times in one week 😉 ) You have to try the Coconut Seafood Curry – definitely my favourite curry dish to date!
Rent e-bikes – explore the area, fishing villages, do some shopping at the market or local shops. You can hire e-bikes at Two Brothers Restaurant or other shops along main street.
Pirate Ship Bar at the Aureum Palace – a giant pirate ship built right on the beach – a great place to enjoy a cocktail or dinner with breathtaking sunset views and a warm breeze. The Aureum Palace is another great choice for accommodatoins during your visit to Ngapali Beach.
Fishing and snorkel day trips – we hired the boat from Mr. Gar Gar – a local Burmese man who offers day trips to Pearl Island, Paradise Beach and other local hidden gems. The Paradise Island trip is something I highly recommend if you are a seafood lover! You can find Mr. Gar Gar in front of the Amata Resort. You’ll see our fishing trip clips in the below video 🙂
The Amata Resort and Spa Ngapali Beach offers four room types. The Cabana Cottages and the Grand Cabanas Sea View are great for families or those looking for the best views! The Amata staff were very friendly, the breakfast was tasty with great views and the soft white sandy beach was simply relaxing.
There’s ample loungers on the beach and the bar and pool area is a great place to watch the sunset. On the second level of the bar, overlooking the pool is a comfortable sitting area with sofas and chairs. We spent a few nights watching the sunset from this cozy nook. My favourite drink from the bar was one of the smoothies – freshly made with local ingredients. I hear the cocktails were just as good! As time passed more lights started to pepper the horizon. The fishermen were out for the evening shift and likely many of them would fish overnight. By the time it was completely dark it appeared as though there was a large city on the water.
We really enjoyed our week holiday at the Amata Resort and Spa Ngapali Beach and are already thinking about our next trip! I hope you enjoy my virtual tour of our Ngapali Beach Holiday!
Contact me at any time to book your trip to Myanmar and include a visit to Ngapali Beach. Email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519.501.3140.