Myanmar was actually more famous as a beach resort in the 1930s than it is today, when Sandoway Beach was a regular escape for British colonials. The beachfront hotels are still there, with more in Ngwe Hsaung further south along the same coast. The beaches in and around both destinations remain in almost pristine condition, with little development on or near them. Myanmar's new opening to the world is certain to bring rapid change to the beaches in both of the current destinations, and spur the opening of new beaches in other parts of the country.

The Mergui Archipelago in southern Myanmar consists of 800 islands, virtually all of them uninhabited and in near-pristine condition. This the last big island chain on the planet where the forests and resources have not been denuded and pillaged by humans, save a few in the arctic zones. With so many amazing beaches here, it will be interesting to see if Myanmar can do a better job of both developing and protecting its beach resources than did its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam.