How to Travel from Bagan to Ngapali?

Myanmar (or Burma) is not only well-known for its attractive Bagan or Yangon, but also its beautiful beach of Ngapali. However, getting to Ngapali seems to be pretty confusing. So here we are: ‘How to travel from Bagan to Ngapali?’

But before going directly into the question, let’s have a brief look at the Ngapali and what it has to offer.

About Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach resides on the Western part of Burma. The name ‘Ngapali’ pronounced similar to ‘Napally’, which is reminiscent to ‘Napali’. Some has rumored that many years ago, there was an Italian man who missed his homeland and by seeing the beach, he called it Ngapali and people started to call the same since then. And this beach doesn’t need much time to be on the top of the best stretches to enjoy whenever a travelers want to spend his or her time in the interesting Myanmar Beach Holidays.

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What attractive about Ngapali Beach is its un-touched natural beauty, worthy to be one of best beaches in Asia. It features wonderful coast with lines of palm trees, and white sandy shore. The beach does not have many visitors, making it one of the best ‘getaway’ in Asia. That being said, several hotels have been built to fulfill the need of tourists. Then why don’t you try to spend your holidays in Burma is this tropical paradise.

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In Ngapali Beach, there are tons of activites available for travelers to select, from kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing to cycling, biking, hot air balloon trip, and mor For those who enjoy experiencing local life, the fishing village of Jate Taw (or Gyeik Taw) is definitely the right place.

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With all of that brief information about Ngapali Beach, it’s time to check out how to get from Bagan to Ngapali. And like most other Myanmar traveling trips, we have airplains. One thing to note: there is NO DIRECT PATHWAY from Bagan to Ngapali. No matter what options you choose, you will have to stop by Thandwe town, which is 7 kilometers from Bagan.

Traveling by Air

Traveling via Airplanes, as always, is the quickest and easiest way to get around in Burma. You can book an airplane trip from Nyuang U Airport. In Bagan. After approximately 1 or 2 hours, you will arrive at Tandwe town. From here, you will need another bus trip in order to get to Ngapali.

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There are lots of airline services to choose from, such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air KBZ, or Yangon Airways.The cost for air travel is approximately 110 $USD in average. All flights start at every morning from 8:00 AM so be sure to get to the airport early. From Thandwe, we can either call taxis or buses to get to Ngapali.
Unlike the long bus trip, many people prefer to go by airplane rather than bus. But with the average cost of 110 $USD, it is not recommended for a budget trip.

Traveling by Bus

On the contrary to the airplane, traveling on bus is what most visitors concern. Apperantly the best route is to take a bus from Bagan to the town of Pyay. And from Pyay visitors take another bus to Thandwe. In total, we have to take three buses to get from Bagan to Ngapali.

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Chinlone, Pyay

Unlike other tourism spots, there is no strict schedule from Bagan to Ngapali. For that reason, the entire journey can take even 24 hours so getting VIP buses is generally more confortable idea than common buses. The price for bus trip can take about 23 – 26 $USD per person.

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Street of Thandwe

This might be unnerving, but look on the bright side, this trip can be a great experience for adventurous travelers as they can see different part of Burma’s life. For example, staying in the town of Thandwe is a nice idea as visitors can watch the common daily life of Burmese people, without the hand of tourism.

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Comments (21)

  1. Francesco Otranto says:

    next november i’ll be in Myanmar for 2 weeks and i’d like to take your tour/cruise from Mandalay to Bagan.
    After that , after Bagan i have to go to Ngapali , i read your raccomandation, but How can i do to have more info about bus company name and schedule???

    Thanks a lot

    Best regards


  2. Paul Marshall says:

    Hi there,

    We were looking to rent a private car from Bagan to Ngapali. Just wondering if it was possible to do so?


  3. thomas oneal says:

    Are there flights available online ?
    Thandwe – Bagan?
    I cannot seem to find them online , thank you

    • Myanmar Private Holidays says:

      Hi Thomas Oneal,

      I have to apologize to inform that at the moment, there is no direct flight from Thandwe to Bagan. You only get the direct flight from Thandwe to Sittwe or Yangon.

      Thank you very much and have a nice day!

      Myanmar Private Holidays.

  4. Larisa Sh says:

    Hi. In what time departures buses from Tandwe to Pyay? And than from Pyay to Bagan? Thank you

    • Myanmar Private Holidays says:

      Hi Larisa,

      There are two times a day for the bus from Thanwe – Pyay. In the morning time, 0700 am, two buses are leaving to Pyay and afternoon time 14:00 hrs, three buses are leaving.
      The bus from Pyay – Bagan is leaving at 17.00PM to Bagan (10hours!) for 14000kyat.

      Best regards,
      Thank you for your interest in our article on, a member of Myanmar Private Holidays:

  5. Ursila says:

    Any info on bus route or train from Bagan to Pyay and we can stay overnight there and travel onto Ngapslu or some other beaches…thank you..
    2 Irish Travellers

  6. Kay says:

    How can I fly from bagan to thandwe? How long is the flight hours?


  7. Maite says:

    Dear Sirs,
    Is there any early morning bus from Bagan to Ngapali beach? How long it takes? I read we have to go first Pyay. Please kindly advise.
    Thank you

  8. Eleonora says:

    Goodmorning, we are planning a trip from Bagan to Ngapali, but I can not find any flights for this connection. I checked the Airkbz and Myanmar Natinal Airlines. How we can reach Naapali from Bagan? is it possible?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Best Regards
    Thank you very much

  9. Julia Kaufmann says:

    Hey there, we would like to travel from Bagan to Ngapali but I can‘t find any direct bus either. Are there some available atm or not? We want to go there at the 14th and would preferably take a night bus.
    Due to the water festival, we need to book as soon as possible as far as I know.
    Thank you for your advise.

    • Myanmar Private Holidays says:

      Hi Julia,

      We have to apologize to inform that at the moment, there is no direct bus or flight from Bagan to Ngapali. Hence, if you want to go to Ngapali, please find the information as below.

      Bus: Take a night bus from Bagan to Pyay or Yangon, then connecting the bus to Ngapali
      flight: Take a flight to Yangon or Inle Lake and then connecting the flight to Ngapali

      Feel free to let us know if you need any further information

      Thank you for your interest in our article on, a member of Myanmar Private Holidays:

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