Have I yet mentioned not coming to Myanmar in April? Well, learn from us that it's REALLY not the best month to be there. Everything seems to come to a close at the start of the water festival. First, it's oppressively hot (pun, somewhat intended), already limited transport options fall to a trickle, and around the time of the holiday accommodations are fully booked and past that, especially at the beaches in the northwest, they just completely shut down for the rainy season.
I had a rough itinerary at the start of our trip here but I ended up reversing the trip posing some challenging transport issues. One thing you learn after being on the road this long is flexibility! I wanted beach last but it was going to have to be first if we ever wanted to get there. So, after being stuck in Yangon, we hopped on a plane to Ngapali Beach.
|Our poor taxi stuck in sandy Laguna Lodge|
|Beach front, airy, and with a view of the beach while you're in the shower!|
|Breakfast at Laguna Lodge|
|Rake a little more to the left|
|Future in jewelery making? Alex's creation.|
|Beautiful Rakhine woman who supplied my daily coconut|
|Pick a fish, any fish.|
and more locals.
We decided to rent some bicycles after Alex's nap only to get her heel and ankle caught between the wheel and frame. We explored more of Ngapali but only after some serious crying, icing, band-aids, and piggy-backing from one place to another.