Located in the westernmost part of Myanmar, Rakhine state includes Thandwe which is an ancient city and a major seaport. Thandwe comprises of beautiful streams, high peaks, tobacco and rice fields and many rocky ranges. The Ngapali Beach at thandwe makes it a perfect attraction for tourists who like beaches. Its beauty is captivating. In the northern area, some of the peaks are as high as 4000 feet.
The places of attraction at Thandwe are as follows:
Shwe Ann Daw Pagoda
In Thandwe, on top of Mount Wathura lies this religious construction. This pagoda is very extraordinary and honored. The relics of Buddha were enshrined here for ages as it is the genral belief. The pagoda is granted respect due to the presence of the relics. Also due to its location at the top, it also is considered to have a fascinating look. Tourists and people visit this place to pay their respect to Buddha. Also tourists enjoy the breathtaking view of the town below from the top and capture beautiful shots.
Shwe Nan Daw Pagoda
In Thandwe, this pagoda lies on the summit of Mount Rohakuhta. It is also considered holy and beautiful just like other pagoda. This pagoda also enshrines the relics of Buddha. It is considered as a place for pilgrims. If one travels to Thandwe, a short stay at this pagoda is recommended. This pagoda proves as an example of traditional religious architecture of Burmese. Also it teaches you the local spiritual belief and gives you peace of mind.
From Thandwe, this beach is at a distance of only 7kms. It is one of the most beautiful and well known beaches of Myanmar. This beach is famous for its fluffy white sand, crystal clear waters, and amazing fresh seafood. It can be easily reached from all major airport hubs of the country. The best season to visit this beach is from November till February. A lot of entertaining activities are available for tourists to enjoy at this beach.
Some of the famous activities at the Ngapali Beach are listed below:
- Walk along the beach – This beautiful beach stretches for miles and miles and so its an amazing experience to take a walk and view the palm trees lined up beautifully.
- Boat Trips – If you don’t enjoy walking, then you can hire a boat and take a trip to experience the beach. On the way one can do snorkeling and also get a view of the Pearl Island.
- Fishing Village – One can also visit one of the nearby fishing villages which are authentic. If you reach the village in the early hours of the day, you can see many boats of fishermen returning to the coast filled with fishes of all sizes and types. These fishes are then spread out and dried under the sun.
- Large Hiltop Buddha – In the south of Ngapali, lies this revered attraction. Enjoy the panoramic view of the bay and also of the sea below. The journey to this location can be rocky and steep so please keep proper attention while climbing. This Buddha is visible from every corner of the Bay.
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