I have been known to be the Goldilocks of the Beaches - never able to find the one that fits me perfectly. In Myanmar, I found the perfect beach for me. I almost don’t want to talk about it. I would prefer it to remain just as it is, with few tourists, pristine beaches, clean water, and cheap seafood. But, that is definitely NOT the future in Myanmar, so I might as well clue you in.
For $35 at Memento Resort (a deal in Ngapali), we were seafront. The sand was simply stunning. All I wanted to do was run it over my feet. The water was the perfect temperature, with few waves so that I could just laze around.
Ngapali beach was virtually empty. Sometimes we were the only ones in the water, the all too elusive beach chair was in plentiful supply, as were fantastic happy hour specials making cocktails about a $1, and fresh seafood, including some of the best squid tempura ever.
Most important, there were no annoying touts. Women walked by selling fruit, which they would cut fresh in front of you. The fruit selling women would smile at you, or say hello, and then walk away. The women selling jewelry were relegated to two areas of the beach so that you could walk to them.
The lack of touts made the experience that much more enjoyable - I could actually sit and read, or fall asleep, without being harassed. All I heard were the sounds of the waves as a constant backdrop to our trip.
But, please don’t spread the word too far . . .