The Hell Bus to Ngwe Saung, Myanmar

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This is part of the Trip Report So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015) which covers:

Catch up by reading the preview, The Banana Pancake Trail to Myanmar Starts This Monday, then the overview, Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Disney, Home, where the game time decision was made to leave Mongolia for good.


Ngwe Saung, a beautiful beach town in Myanmar, is only 150 miles away from Yangon. If you’re tired of the crowds, incessant heat, and general dirtiness of Yangon, then getaway to Ngwe Saung. Warning: 150 miles doesn’t mean it will take you a half hour to fly there or a few hours by car. To begin, there aren’t any flights to there. The only advisable way for a tourist to get there is via bus which leaves from a dark street in the evening and arrives inconveniently at 4AM. On the way to Ngwe Saung, expect an eight hour trip, a few pit stops, and a bumpy ride. For your own peace of mind, try not to look out the window. The roads are winding, unpaved, and unsafe by Western standards. It’s the sort of story  you read about in the papers where the bus ends up in a ditch and no one is surprised.

Either way, it’s worth the risk because Ngwe Saung is quite lovely.

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Check in on the side of the street in the dark via flashlight
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Modern bus for the endless drive
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Pit stop
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Early am arrival in search of hotel

 <==Back to Yangon Travel GuideOnto Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort==>

 

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