The two days in Yangon went over really fast. Mostly because of the jet lag, that kept me sleepy for almost an entire day. I managed to see the highlights though, but I would have stayed a little bit longer if I could.
But time was running (too fast as usual during holidays) and I had to get back on the road. But what next? The beach or the mountain? The South or the North? Tough decision…
All had there pros and cons. But being a seafood lover, my heart was beating for the beach. So I booked an hotel I packed my stuff, took a plane and so I headed to Ngapali beach…
Ngapali Beach is, according to the Lonely Planet, very much like Thailand, but 30 years ago. Fine and preserved sandy beaches, sea food fresh from the day, not that many tourists, etc. And trust me, even if I don’t know the Thailand from 30 years ago, I still can agree wholeheartedly with the guide.
The area is however booming and we can witness construction sites almost everywhere on the coast. But I managed to get the last room available in a small hotel, the only one on a small beach located a bit north from the main beach (where all the resorts are). The main economic activity in the area is fishing of course and fishermen are fishing at night, luring fishes with light. Around 6 in the morning, they come back and we witness a big and noisy turmoil on the beach, with the villagers coming for the morning market “à la criée”. As a consequence of the development and the incompatibility between local customs and tourists’ demands, fishermen were cast out of the main beach and sadly pushed towards other places. But if you’re not too lazy and wake up early, you’ll have the opportunity to take great pictures, locals being very photogenic, especially in the early morning light.
And the final products:
P.S. As usual, to see the full-sized pictures, click on the previews.