Situated to the west of Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal, about 30 miles from Pathein, the capital city of Ayeyarwaddy Division where the traditional umbrella and clay pot painting workshops are located, Ngwe Saung is a popular beach among tourists visiting Myanmar. Among all the beautiful beaches in Myanmar, Ngwesaung is the newest beach with a meaningful name: Ngwe ‘means’ Silver, which explains perfectly the silvery sand on the beach here.
- Location: 48 km west of Pathein, 5 hours drive from Yangon
- Name meaning: Silver beach
- Status: the second most famous beach of Myanmar
- Main attraction: an elephant training camp nearby
- A unspoiled silver-sand beach stretching 15 km
- Less nighttime activity selections than Chaungtha and Ngapali
Depending on your preferred transport and budget, you can take a flight for less than half an hour or a bus ride for about eight hours from either Yangon or Pathein. Since travelling to Ngwe Saung is not a very easy experience, not too many people brave the journey and this lead to a thin visiting crowd, not strong enough to spoil this beautiful beach. People who like the Ngapali Beach given its cleanliness and tranquility will also appreciate the scare human activity at the Ngwe Saung Beach. One of the main tourist attractions at Ngwe Saung is the Rakhine Mountain Range. Most visitors trek up the range and into the forests to experience the natural beauty of the spot. Looking down Rakhine Mountain Ranges from high position, you will want to draw all scenes into eyesight with a covering fog layer, like a girl with strong personality suddenly become pretty with a gentle silk dress. There is no hope to find a single bar or pounding discos here as Ngwe Saung is for those who like the quiet and peace of the surrounding nature. Hire a bicycle or rent a car to go around the area, book yourself into a spa at the hotels or simply relax on the beach. If you have need for enjoyable activities, the Elephant Camp on the way to Ngwe Saung would be an ideal choice, which gives you an excellent opportunity to observe these mighty beasts as closed as their nature. Besides, Lover’s Island is the perfect spot to watch the sun set into the sea every evening. The Kyauk Maumghnama Pagoda, signifying the brother and sister rocks and the two other pagodas of Hsutaungpi perched on two rocks are good spots to visit. People who have visited this place have lots to say about the long beach with white sand and blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. With a wide range of seafood restaurants within Ngwe Saung village, tourists can enjoy fresh and delicious fish, squid, octopus, and lobster for very fair prices. Worth trying activities are horse riding and boat sailing to the beautiful islands. All in all, Naung Shwe is by far one of the best beaches in SE Asia. Absolutely, this is a great destination for beach lovers and couples.