Ngapali Beach is a beach located 7 kilometresfrom the town of Thandwe, in Rakhine State, Burma. It is the most famous beach in Burma and is a popular tourist destination. Burma’s political climate means that Ngapali is not as well publicized as other good beaches of Southeast Asia.

Even at the height of the season, Ngapali is a snoozy, early-to-bed place. But this could soon change, as several new big resorts are in the works and Tay Za is said to be bankrolling the extension of the airport, to be completed in the next three years, to enable direct flights from Bangkok and Singapore.

Peak season is from November to March. Things get even quieter in rainy season (mid-May to mid-September) when flights dip to twice a week and most hotels either shut up shop or keep open only a handful of rooms.