There are three main beach resorts on Myanmar’s Bay of Bengal coast, Chaung Tha is the most down to earth, and you can find the largest number of locals on holiday here.
The beach lacks the white-sand perfection of Ngapali and Ngwe Saung, but it has several offshore islands to explore and snorkel around, and offers the same delicious range of fresh seafood as its more exclusive rivals (Chaung Tha is the same distance from Yangon by road as Ngwe Saung, and you can travel between the two beaches by motorbike along a coastal track).
Classic beach activities are aplenty in Chaung Tha, including horse riding, bicycle and quad bike hire and water riding (banana boat).
Around Chaung Tha Beach
- White Sand Beach
- Kyauk Maungnama
- Pho Kalar Island
A lovely White Sand Beach, cleaner and less busy than the main beach – and with bigger waves – can be found four kilometres to the north of Chaung Tha. Heading on the road up the coast, it can be idenitified by the pagoda and twin rocks at its southern end. The area is called Kyauk Maungnama in Burmese, and is a popular spot for locals.
There is a temple, a monastery and many coconut trees in Pho Kalar Island. The water is quite shallow. There is a small village on the island selling coconuts and dried fishes. The water is clearer on that side of the island. You can find many red and green crabs running around. Speed boats are also available for rent to travel from Chaung Tha to Pho Kalar Island.