Burma’s Beaches for Christmas
This year (2013) instead of going to France or the Isle of Man for Christmas we returned to Ngapali beach where we met up with my parents. Not only is it a beautiful four kilometer crescent of powdery packed sand, but it is also where my grandfather spent his Christmas seventy-nine years earlier in 1934! Please see my post from last time (one and a half years ago) here to see his sketches and old photographs. Although the beach is now lined with resorts, they all take the form of low rise bungalows and so the beach still ends up looking very pristine even in peak season.
Some things about Ngapali have probably changed little since my grandfather’s days – from the fishing village at one end to the antiquated ice factory at the other. One of the reasons he chose Nagapali as a holiday destination, even back in the 30s, was the availability of well iced gin and tonics!
The village remains starkly poor in contrast to all the tourist accommodation, however, I hope there is some trickle down effect and benefit through the extra employment that the hotels must bring. The main activities in the village included processing fish to be sent on in ice to other parts of Burma as well as drying smaller fish absolutely everywhere. Children of all ages were having a fabulous game of what appeared to be some version of coconut dodgeball – the rules weren’t entirely clear!
The weather was wonderful – not a cloud in the sky for five days and mid 20s in the day followed by cool evenings. The seafood was delicious – coconut prawn curries and grilled squid in particular.
Has anyone been to any other beaches in Burma?