Friday, 23 May 2014

Beach Vacations in Burma (Myanmar)

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach is situated about 7 km away from Thandwe. one of the ancient Rakhine towns. The beach stretches about 3 km with soft white sand fringed by coconut palms. It serves as the best ground for sunbathing and recreation such as beach strolling. cycling and so on. Ngapali is the most famous beach in Myanmar. It is said to have been named after the Naple of Italy by a homesick Italian. It is famous for its natural and unspotted beauty up to this day. There are only natural scenic beauty of the blue sea. white sand and the lovely sun. The sea is cobalt blue. without any dangerous marine animals and clean.
The water here is transparent and the sea is tranquil. Bicycle tours are arranged to visit the nearby villages. The villagers usually sun dry their fish. shrimp and coconut. These products are transported to Yangon and and over the country. The best time to visit this beach during October and May of every year.
If you are planning for a peace and tranquil trip. Ngapali is the best for relaxing your beach holidays.
International standard accommodations are available at Ngapali Beach. If you are planning to create your holiday in Ngapali. contact Ngapali Beach Hotel.

Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwe Saung Beach Resort. opened in the year 2.000. is one of the loveliest and most pleasant beach resorts in Myanmar. Located in the Ayeyarwady Division. some 48 kilometres from the town of Pathein. Ngwe Saung. with a beach frontage on the Bay of Bengal with its clear blue waters. its white crested waves. sandy beaches and unspoiled and pollution-free natural surroundings. is indeed one of the best places to select for a holiday interlude of rest and relaxation. The beach stretches for 15 kilometers.
Ngwe Saung’s natural attractions are its blue waters. its extensive beaches. its silvery sands. its scenic and occasionally rocky shoreline. all set against a backdrop of tropical rain forests and the towering Rakhine mountain range.
These bungalows provide quality service to foreign tourists and domestic visitors and provide a quiet haven of peace and relaxation. For those wishing to engage in fun and games on the beach. or in the ocean. life-buoys and speedboats are provided. as well as facilities for speedboat trips. bicycling along the shore and horseback riding.
Ngwe Saung extends its warmest welcome to all visitors who wish to relax amidst the waving palms and balmy breezes of a truly memorable ocean resort.

Chaung Thar Beach

Chaung Thar Beach is located 40 km to the west of Pathein in Ayeyarwaddy Division. It is about 5 hrs drive from Yangon to Chaung-Thar Beach. It is an attractive wide beach with a muddy delta look. Not only coconut palms but also casuarinas trees can be found at the back of the beach. Two small islands can be seen offshore. The crab dishes of Chaung Thar Beach are also delicious and well-known. Fresh coconut juice will make relax here.
There are bungalow type hotels along the beach with modern facilities. Myanmar. owing to its natural environmental diversity is rich in many sites that feature untouched coastal areas. calm and peaceful ocean waters and wide stretches of unpolluted sandy beaches.
While listening to the whispering of the wind in the trees and among the palm fronds and to the regular sleep inducing beat of the ocean breakers as you relax in your rattan chair amidst the balmy breezes you will find yourself visibly relaxing and your cares and tensions slipping away.
Those who wish to engage in play activities on the beach may wish to take a dip in the ocean and ride the ocean waves or take a traditional bullock cart ride along the extensive stretches of the sandy beach.
Others may prefer to stroll along the seashore and visit nearby villages to sample the local cuisine. and buy trinkets and ornaments fashioned from sea shells. cowries. mother of pearl. huge rock-shrimp and crabs. fossilized marine flora and unusual coral formations etc. to take back as souvenirs or presents upon their departure.
There are 13 top class hotels in Chaung Thar to cater to their every need. Some of the well-known ones are Max Hotel. Lai Lai Hotel. Ambo Hotel and Khine Chaung Thar. Those who find the atmosphere of cities stifling. the pressures of work stressful and the responsibilities of modern life becoming burdensome. may shed their manifold worries for a while by visiting and enjoying a restful holiday interlude at Chaung Thar.

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Diving in Burma (Myanmar)

 Scuba Diving. Skin Diving & Snorkeling

Myanmar has a great coastal region in the west and the south connected to the Andaman Sea. Diving in the seas of Myanmar would dive you a great experience and joy for your holidays.
There are Diving Trips arranged by many Myanmar Tour agents. They provide professional dive master. dive instructors. snorkeling sets and dive equipments for observing the deep water lives. varieties of sea fishes and coral reef of Myanmar.

Diving at Ngwe Saung Beach

Diving trips take at least about 4 days. Ngwe Saung Beach is about km from Yangon and can be reached within 7 hours drive. Ngwe Saung Beach is located on coast of the Bay of Bengal. The beach stretches with coconut palm trees and beautiful scenes. Rooms at International Resorts and local hotels are available. From the hotels. one has to go to the jetty by chartered boat. The diving master instructor with his team will be mastered for the exploration of the deep sea.
At Ngwe Saung Beach. one can find varieties of sea fishes. marine plants and also the coral reef. There are rare species like Sea Urchin or the Iron Trap. Also there are underwater caves which can be very attractive to the divers.
The diving sites in Ngwe Saung are Birds Island and White Rock Island.

Diving at Myeik - Mergui Archipelagos

The Myeik Archipelago or the Mergui Archipelago is located at the southern part of Myanmar in the Tanintharyi Division. It consists of over 800 remote islands in the Andaman Sea. All the islands compose a total of 3600 square kilometers. Many islands still remain unexplored till today. The inhabitants of these regions are the Salone people or the Sea Gypsies of the Moken. They live in the sea and live on boats. They are the only people who can survive in this region. Other than the Salones. there are still many underwater untouched reefs to explore in the seas of Myanmar.
Diving sites in Myeik Archipelago are Black Rock. Burma Bank. Western Rocky. North Twin Island. Three Islet and Shark Cave. The water is aqua blue and very clear. A variety of crabs. shrimps. spindle cowries. filament wrasse. maray eels. Sharks. Rays and nadibranchs can be found.

Dive Training

Program To assist the diving trips arranged by the tour operators. there are Diving Training Programs to get prepared before going into the seas of Myanmar. Tour operators offer an extensive range of diving courses from Introduction dives to final dives with the help of emergency response instructors and other staff instructors. Only those who are older than 12 years are allowed to take part in this training program. The courses take about a week for beginners.

Snorkelling and Skin Diving Program

The Snorkelling and Diving Program allows those who want explore the beautiful under water with mask snorkel and fin only. learn how to clear water from the snorkel and swim with fins. learn how to hyperventilation technique when breath holding dive.

Scuba Diving

There are scuba programs which allow those who have never tried it to safely experience the thrill of scuba diving in our pool.

Precautions & preparations

  • There are some precautions and preparations that should be taken before diving. whether you are experienced or a beginner.
  • Never go diving too soon after or before flying. The change in atmospheric pressure can cause problems to the divers.
  • Never dive after a heavy meal. The blood flows to the stomach to aid digestion and may cause cramp.
  • Never consume alcohol before diving.
  • Always follow safety procedures as advised by the instructor.
  • Never go diving alone.
  • If a diver has experience but has not been diving for a while. one should take a quick refresher course on procedures. safety and practices.
  • Read as much as possible about the destination and place you are going to dive.

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