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Ngwe Saung is the location of several beach resorts and a small village in the Irrawaddy region of Myanmar.

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Get in[edit]

You can take a bus from Pathein or Yangon. The roads are better now , so for the about 260km from Yangon it will take about 5 hours, depending what bus you take. There are morning buses (i.e. 6:30am and 7:30am depending on demand, 9000 kyat) and night buses that depart from the western Yangon bus terminal (Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal) which is 45 minutes by car taxi from the city centre. There is a bus service (4000 kyat) departing Pathein for Ngwe Saung at 2:00pm again depending on demand, if you miss that hire a moto taxi or jump in a jumbo for 5000 kyat or less (bargain hard!).

You can also go by boat from Yangon to Pathein.

Hiring a car is only worth it if you have missed the morning bus and do not want to ride by night. The difference in time is not big. It will cost around 120$.

If you're travelling from Pathein, you can also catch a minivan. It departs from the bus station near Shwezigon Pagoda, the same bus station the local bus leaves from. It's a dark green Toyota Minivan with 'Beach Express' written in red writing on the front and sides. It leaves at 9am and 1pm and charges 3600 Kyat.

As at 16 August, 2013 there is no longer a requirement to remit a copy of your visa and passport prior at a military check point on the way to Ngwe Saung.

Cash & Credit[edit]

There are no ATM or bank services based within the Ngwe Saung township, bring 3-4 days of cash with backup if you can.

The closest VISA and Mastercard ATM's are in Pathein which is a 1.5 hours by motorbike (11,000 kyat round trip). Visa cardholders need to go to CB Bank (Co-operative Bank) which is on Merchant Street within the city centre of Pathein while Mastercard cardholders need to go to AGD Bank closeby. Western Union agents are commonplace. ATM services are regularly unavailable and your hotel will call ahead to ensure services are working. Bank services open 9am till 3pm weekdays (except public holidays).

As at 16 August, 2013 the major resorts to the North are under re-construction and bookings can not be paid with credit card, only cash (kyat or USD for a fee) is accepted.

The exchange rate is not ideal but you can exchange a little money with your hotel.

Get around[edit]

You may rent a bicycle, scooter or take up the services of nearby bicycle, moto and car taxis.

Moto taxi trips within the township cost 500 kyat and 1000 kyat to the resorts to the North and South (up to a 5 minute trip).

Motorbikes (Honda Wave clones from China) can be hired for the day from most hotel receptionists for 10,000 kyat or less, there is no insurance and it is in most cases the hotel staff's own bike so take care of it and be sure to get it checked out prior to hiring if there are any known issues with the bike. The closest international standard hospital is Yangon's General Hospital which is at least 5 hours away.

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The endless and quiet white sand beach. There is also an 'elephant camp' in between Ngwe Saung and Pathein.

Several comments conclude that snorkeling in Lover's Island is rather a disappointing experience.

Trips to Bird Island are available but there have been reports of strong, dangerous currents. Snorkelling there without a life jacket is not recommended.

Do[edit][add listing]

Go to the beach, see the local village. There is not much to do in Ngwe Saung, that's the idea. Just relax and enjoy the quiet time. However, there are few options you can choose. You could visit to a fishing village at the Southern end of Ngwe Saung Beach and stay overnight there, or you could take an excursion trip to nearby islands and enjoy light snorkeling there, or you could ask your hotel to arrange an elephant ride along the small stream across the jungle at the elephant camp. Last, but not the least, you could enjoy good birding experiences at the Ngwe Saung Dam and its surrounding areas if you are a birder.

A walk to Lover's Island when the tides are receeding. The island is rocky so barefoot or flipflops are not comfortable. You can also climb a few stairs up to see it from above.

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Painted umbrellas made in town or in Pathein.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bay of Bengal If you happen to stay at a place that is not located on the beach, the Bay of Bengal is your best bet. Perfect service and setting. Note that for 5,000 kyats a day, you can use the swimming pool facilities.
  • Jasmine Restaurant Best value in town for meals US$2-5. Dare to escape your beach resort and try this cafe. BBQ fish or squid are delicious as well as other things (seaweed salad, seafood salad). For a quiet and romantic setting there are front row seats. Wifi access
  • See Sar restaurant in town for meals US$2-5.
  • Sunny Paradise restaurant at the resort for US$5-10. Good fare.
  • Golden Myanmar, (16.85936N, 94.38844E, 100m from bus station towards town). Recommended restaurant within the township specialising in seafood. Have fresh lobster, fish, crab, eel available on demand. Prices are moderate for seafood and cheap for non-seafood items (pork, chicken, etc.). Electricity is on from 6pm till close (10pm). Draft beer! (16.85936N,94.38844E) edit
  • Silver Blue Sea A family run restaurant with quick, attentive service and plenty of choice on the menu. They have a vegetarian section and will cater to your culinary preferences. The tempura comes highly recommended. Most vegetarian dishes are under 2500 Kyat and the remainder under 5000 kyat. It's located 200 metres before Emerald Sea Resort south from town.
  • Umo bar has western and japanese dishes along with alcoholic drinks, music and fire show. Can stay open until around 2am.

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There is no disco, however the very modern and stylish Bay of Bengal hotel has sometimes disco like events.

Local 'tea shops' have popped up within the township and to the North which offer cheap Myanmar brewed lager and stout beers and are busy throughout the day with local customers.

A bottle of Mandalay Rum can be purchased within the township for 1,500 kyat, 4 cans of coke will cost you 2,000 kyat (bargain for bulk purchases).

Bar 'Umo' not far from resorts like Shwe Hinta has a fire show from 7.30pm onwards. The bar has some Japanese and Western food. Drinks are a bit pricey for local alcohol and bottle of Myanmar beer is 2.500 kyat. The place also rents motorbikes (8.000k a day), bycicles and snorkeling masks.

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Several hotels are closed during the rainy season. And the prices also go up during the high season.

  • Bay of Bengal - US$100+.
  • Emerald Sea Resort, (South of the village), +95-42-40247, [3]. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00 noon. With a small Restaurant and Spa inside the resort which is on the beach in the center of the whole beach. US$ 90+.  edit
  • Myanmar Treasure - US$90+
  • Ocean, (Next to the Sunny Paradise Resort). Same owner as Sunny Paradise Resort. More like a "deluxe" dormitory rather than a resort as the breakfast at the back of Sunny Paradise resort (5mn walk). No direct access to the sea. No restaurant (in-room service only). No swimming pool and usage of the Sunny Paradise's swimming pool is 5000 kyats. Prices as of May 2013 $75.  edit
  • Pearl Beach Resort, (16.84090N 94.38262E, Around 2 miles south of town, taking motorbike from the town costs 1000Kyat.). Wooden built beach huts, with a double bed are 25US$ ensuite with a mosquito net and fan. Brick built rooms are 35US$ with fan. Brick built huts with AC are 45US$ (Prices correct as of October 2014). The wooden huts are located closest to the beach, hut 100 is the nearest to the water, however gets rather as its not sheltered from the sun. The wooden huts vary a lot in term of condition so have a look at a few before choosing. If you're a light sleep, pick a hut a little further from the beach, the sounds of the waves can be loud at night and early morning as the tide comes in.. (16.84090N,94.38262E) edit
  • Hotel Shwe Hin Tha. ~30-40$.  edit
  • Shwe Hin Tha, +95 (0)42 40 340, [4]. checkout: 12:00 noon. The beach of Shwe Hin Tha is quite good, bungalows are very closed to the sea. The staffs are friendly, the bathroom is basic but clean. Around 2 miles south to the town, taking motorbike from the town to Shwe Hin Tha costs 1000Kyat. There is a restaurant nearby (500m) renting motorbike. US$25 for fan bamboo bungalow and US$50/55$ for a/c concrete bungalow (Oct2013).  edit
  • Sunny Paradise - ~US$50-70
  • Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Marina. US$D 100-240 with different room types with best facilities including comfortable chairs, amazing internet and the best services by friendly and hospitable staffs). Although it is located at furmost side of ngwe saung beach and it may be seen a little far to ngwe saung village, it is very suitable and unique place for visitors who would like to stay peacefully and quiet..  edit
  • Silver Coast Beach Hotel ~US$ 20/40/45. The hotel is next after Shwe Hin Tha. They have bungalows at the waterfront and the second row (cheaper)as well. Decent bungalows with nice private front porch and a balcony. A lot of trees and greenery around and this place has more character even if it looks a bit older. Hot water, toiletries, towels, deck chairs, breakfast. Electricity between 6pm snd 6 am (in most places). Wifi at the Jasmine cafe nearby. They also can book a bus to Yangon. Tel: 095200575.
  • Luxer hotel - it's located in the village and the room prices can vary from 40$ to 50$. The rooms are small and to access the beach you need to pass the local houses and rubbish dump behind. No wifi. Still it has towels, toiletries, aircon (from 6pm to 6am), breakfast. The rooms have thin walls so you can hear staff wery well. It's good when you need to drop bags for a night and decide about a nicer place next day.

Get out[edit]

By motorbike[edit]

To Chaung Tha beach, hire a motorbike/scooter driver for a 4h ride (8000kyat) along the coast with crossing two rivers with small wooden ferries. Scenic! Faster than the 75km detour.

By bus[edit]

Buses depart in the morning (6:30am and 8:00am depending on demand). After 2 hours, the bus stops in Pathein for which the ticket costs 4000kyat pax (August 2014). Yangon is 5 hours away. The road is reliable and the bus is comfortable. Tickets can be purchased at a traval agency opposite the Jasmine Restaurant in town. There are a number of bus operators going directly to Yangon, buses leaving at various times including 8am & 10am. As of October 2014, a one-way ticket to Yangon costs 10,000 kyats. There is no night or evening bus. Note that the Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal at Yangon is about 45 minutes to a 1 hour drive North-west of the city centre by taxi, which is 8,000 kyats.



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