Things to Do
There is a sharp decrease in rainfall in November, and this ensures your plans won’t be spoiled by sudden rain. So in November, both indoor and outdoor activities are highly recommended.
If you normally prefer staying still and relaxing during holidays, then ordering a glass of fresh fruit juice and sunbathing on your hotel’s sun-lounger might be most to your liking.
If you are normally an active person, you might prefer to plan a boat trip to explore the islands, or to visit a school where English is taught to local children and adults.
Sunbathe on Your Private Beach
The hotels and resorts at Ngapali Beach typically face the sea and you may even see the crystal sea from your bed when you wake up in the mornings. Most resorts have their own private beach, so enjoying your private beach time is one of the top things to do here.
November is already almost the peak season for travel to Ngapali, but there may not be so many travelers, so you won’t be inundated by sellers of goods. The only sellers will be a few women selling fresh fruit, and they are gentle, waving from a distance and waiting for you to call them over.
You can spend a day or two just enjoying the quietness on the beach. Sunbathing on your beach, listening to the waves and seagulls, while tasting a glass of fresh juice, must be one of the best ways to relax. But please remember to wear sunscreen.
Explore the Islands
The offshore islands at Ngapali are not as many as in the Myeik Archipelago, but each is unique and is worth taking some time to explore.
The Myeik Archipelago in the south of Myanmar is the ultimate dream destination for many diving enthusiasts, but for various reasons, it is more difficult to reach than Ngapali.
At Pearl Island, however, less than an hour’s voyage from Ngapali Beach, there is a great secret underwater world waiting to be discovered.
The transparent water makes the underwater world so clear, even when you are on the boat, let alone when you dive a few meters into the sea. Shoals of colorful tropical fish, along with soft and hard coral formations, are waiting to dazzle your eyes.
In addition to exploring the underwater world at Pearl Island, you can pick up shells at Pirate Beach, or explore the black-sand beach at Zalat Htone Island. All these will enrich your Ngapali vacation.
You can get to the island by boat. On the beach, you can easily find a fisherman from whom you can rent a boat, and the fisherman will go along too.
Visit an English-Teaching School
The education system in Myanmar is modeled on the United Kingdom's, due to nearly a century of British colonization. Nearly all schools are government-operated, but there has been a recent increase in privately funded English-language schools. So it is in Ngapali.
In Linthar village, not far from the main part of Ngapali Beach, an English school offering free English courses for both children and adults has been run for 19 years by Sue and Sahin Ozturk. During a trip to Myanmar Sue and Sahin were once touched by a boy whose mother could not afford to feed him or send him to school.
The aim of this school is to teach English to the whole community, enabling them to get jobs in tourism, as well as in many other fields, such as medicine, science and IT. Besides, the school also provides children with access to medical healthcare, and if funds allow, offers this help also to adults.
At Ngapali Beach, you will find the standard of English in hotels and restaurants far better than in some other cities, such as Bagan. Many local English speakers have learned from this school.
You can join in classes and a question & answer session, and this will provide a good opportunity for the children to broaden their horizons. And you will obviously play an important role in this.
Paying a short visit to the school, sharing your experiences and knowledge with the children and in return, having a better understanding of the lives of the locals, may end up being one of the highlights of your stay at Ngapali Beach.
Note: If you want to donate something, we recommend donating to school teachers or the school principal rather than giving to students or children directly.